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independent female hip hop artist, writer and poet from Sydney. Recently the winner of the Briggs/ Golden Era King of the Town competition.

Sarah Connor remembers well the exhilaration of winning the top award from an Australian hip hop label – and the barrage of online harassment she copped as a result of it.

They said “it was an atrocity I won the award, the only reason I was played on Triple J was because I f–ked for plays, the only reason I won the award was because I must’ve sucked off the judge.”

The up and coming hip-hop artist’s apparent crime was to beat the blokes, winning the $10,000 2015 Hilltop Hoods initiative and then opening Triple J Unearthed’s Come Together Festival.

More than three years later, Connor is still bruised by the experience, saying online bullying is the biggest obstacle she has faced in her career. The bullying included being sent sexually harassing videos, comments of a graphic sexual nature and pressure to quit the rap industry. She ended up closing all her social media profiles and disabling comments on her YouTube channel.

Her story is just one example of what she describes as the underlying sexist culture in the Australian hip-hop scene. “The perpetrators are white males… it’s a male space,” says Connor. “It’s alarming; it’s distressing. It was getting to a point where I could not lead a normal life.”