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Baro – solo artist from Melbourne. Finalist in 2014 Triple J Unearthed High. Toured as support for Thundamentals.   https://soundcloud.com/b-aro   https://www.facebook.com/waterboybaro/

“The scene was predominantly white males five years ago, so racism or sexism were never addressed. Even if injustices were brought to light from a rapper who wasn’t of colour, it isn’t really the same as Remi saying his father was “overcolourfied” for jobs he was frantically searching for when he came to Australia. Struggles from a firsthand source weren’t being expressed before”.

“What people here want to listen to has broadened,” Baro continues. “What the Australian public is accepting from Australian rappers used to be a patriotic kinda thing I guess; if you didn’t sound like this or talk about that you weren’t going anywhere. Now people understand everything is boring when it sounds the same.”

“The scene was predominantly white males five years ago, so racism or sexism were never addressed. Even if injustices were brought to light from a rapper who wasn’t of colour, it isn’t really the same as Remi saying his father was “overcolourfied” for jobs he was frantically searching for when he came to Australia. Struggles from a firsthand source weren’t being expressed before”.

“What people here want to listen to has broadened,” Baro continues. “What the Australian public is accepting from Australian rappers used to be a patriotic kinda thing I guess; if you didn’t sound like this or talk about that you weren’t going anywhere. Now people understand everything is boring when it sounds the same.”