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Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Three: 30-21)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

New Music Video: Spit Syndicate "Real" (2014)

After debuting the track live on the recent One Day tour, the duo of Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice, better known as Spit Syndicate, have dropped a video for their new single "Real". It's dark with an aggressive tone, and there's a lot of mean mugging going on, with guest appearances from the whole crew as the duo bounce head-spinning rhymes and a slick hook off of a polished drum-heavy production. Check it out below.

Live Review: One Day Tour - Enmore Theatre (19.09.14)

Think of all the great hip-hop collectives you know of which have put out an album as one, from Wu-Tang to The Diplomats to Dungeon Family. The dynamic that makes collectives like these work so well in the studio is developed through years of constant collaboration and refinement, so that when that day comes when the group is set to drop an entire album, the fans see shades of each artist that can only be brought out when they are part of a team. This is what happened on Mainline, the debut LP by Sydney's One Day crew, placing it as one of the more refreshing hip-hop albums of the year, with a dynamic not often seen on the Australian circuit.

Album Review: One Day - Mainline (2014 LP)

Spit Syndicate, Horrorshow , Jackie Onassis and Joyride all have a few things in common. Firstly, they all hail from Sydney's inner-west. Secondly, they are all a huge part of the hip hop scene in Australia and actively part of its development. Finally, they are all members of the clique known as One Day and - to the joy (and perhaps surprise) of many hip hop fans - have just released their first album together.

the AU interview: One Day (Sydney) - Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate and Jackie Onassis - talk "Mainline"!

Sydney based Hip Hop collective One Day, to talk about the release of their debut record Mainline (out now). One Day is comprised of Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride (who, unfortunately, wasn't present for the interview). Epic. All three parts of the interview are now embedded here:

Single Stream: One Day "Many Hands" (2014)

Sydney hip-hop collective One Day have just released the second taste of their forthcoming debut LP Mainline, drawing on the respective talents of Spit Syndicate, Horrorshow, Jackie Onassis, and Joyride to give us an impressive lyrical exercise. "Many Hands" is the perfect pace-setter for the highly anticipated album, showcasing each artists with a constantly evolving production. Listen below.

One Day announce collaborative LP + massive collective tour.

Seven-artist deep, Sydney-based crew One Day are about to nudge Australian hip-hop forward more than a few steps, with a massive focus on their collective finesse. Announcing on their social media channels, the crew - which features Jackie Onassis, Horroshow, Spit Syndicate and Joyride - are planning both an album and a huge Australian tour later this year.

Photo Gallery: Festival Of The Sun (Day 1) - Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park (13.12.13)

We head along to the first day of the Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, Black Friday Edition. Johnny Au brings us these photos featuring You Am I, The Beards (pictured above) Spit Syndicate, The Good Ship and many more...

Tour Updates: Action Bronson, Patrick James, Guineafowl, The Bamboos, Half Moon Run and more!

In this issue: Action Bronson joins The Rapture 2014 line up, Patrick James announces tour supports, The Bamboos announce support for their national tour, Birds of Tokyo announce Guineafowl as tour supports, Half Moon Run announce Tigertown support for Australian tour, Rudi Thompson joins The Members tour line up, Passenger’s Australian tour has sold out; Indent announce supports for Spit Syndicate, Forever Came Calling postpone Australian tour, Mac Demarco announces more shows, Eros Ramazzotti cancels Brisbane show, Australian Girls Choir join Celtic Woman on tour and Leonard Cohen has important changes for Melbourne and Sydney tour dates.

Photo Gallery: Spit Syndicate + Allday + Joyride - The HiFi Sydney (02.11.13)

Sydney was treated to some fine Aussie hip hop last night with Spit Syndicate, Allday and Joyride packing out The HiFi. Photos by Johnny Au

Photo Gallery: Fat As Butter Part 2 - Camp Shortland, The Foreshore Newcastle (26.10.13)

Fat As Butter festival returns to Newcastle with a stellar local and international line up. Part 2 of our photo gallery includes Bliss N Eso, Boy & Bear (Pictured above), Dialectrix, Glass Towers, Goldfields, Gym Class Heroes, Matt Corby, Owl Eyes, Peking Duk, Spit Syndicate and The Ashton Shuffle. Photos by Johnny Au

Triple J's Like A Version Nine Out Now!

triple J's Like A Version Nine is out now for all music fans to get amongst, with the record featuring some of the best covers of the past year. Taking well known tunes and putting a new spin on them, the compilation features the likes of Something For Kate, Jimblah, FIDLAR, Abbe May and more!

the AU interview: Nick Lupi of Spit Syndicate (Sydney)

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards is taking place in Melbourne this week, set to celebrate some of the best music and musicians that Australia has been producing over the past 12 months. One of the nominees for Best Independent Hip-Hop Album, Spit Syndicate, have had a busy and fruitful year indeed and to chat more, I catch up with one half of the act, Nick Lupi.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Spit Syndicate (Sydney) with Joyride (Sydney)

the AU review sits down at BIGSOUND 2013 with Sydney Hip Hop Duo Spit Syndicate (Nick Lupi + Jimmy Nice), alongside DJ Joyride to chat about their music, their tours, what they've been up to since we last spoke to them at Come Together Festival and more! It's a pretty hilarious interview, enjoy...