As a melting pot of cultures, Singapore has always been a vibrant and diverse city – and this is also reflected in the local music scene. Whatever language or genre of music your ears are craving for, the city’s got the perfect ear candy for you.
With many Singaporeans being multilingual, it comes as no surprise that the local hip-hop scene is thriving with boundary-pushing rappers spitting bars in English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin over jazz, soul, electronic, and even traditional music. Plus, most of these unapologetic rhymes feature culturally specific wordplay – minus the cliché tropes of expensive cars, hard cash, and groupies – to celebrate their identities and experiences in the Lion City.
The scene has also minted fresh new faces and sounds, proving that Singapore hip-hop is a galvanising force in its own right. Here are the up-and-coming rappers that are elevating the multicultural moment that hip-hop is having right now.