With the triple j Hottest 100 voting finally open, bands and artists are already on the prowl, urging fans to show support for their hard work over the past 12 months and vote for them in the world’s biggest music poll.

There is one Australian artist, however, who’s not particularly concerned about a highly coveted place in the popular poll and reckons fans would be better off just spreading the word about his music to their friends.

“Don’t vote for me in the [triple] j hottest 100 if anything is there, I could not care less,” acclaimed Australian emcee Baro wrote on Facebook. “If you really want to support me show 3 of your friends my music.”

Apparently, the rapper, who made headlines back in October after calling out white Australians who enjoy wearing racist Halloween and muck-up day costumes, reckons he’d get more exposure out of pure, old-fashioned word of mouth.

If you do feel like voting for Baro in the Hottest 100, head on over to triple j’s official Hottest 100 portal to cast your votes now and maybe tell a couple of your friends about the rising and supremely talented young Melbourne emcee.

One artist triple j likely doesn’t want you voting for is Taylor Swift, who most readers will recall was the subject of a viral campaign orchestrated by BuzzFeed during last year’s Hottest 100 campaign.

don't vote for me in the j hottest 100 if anything is there, I could not care less. if you really want to support me show 3 of your friends my music

Posted by Baro onWednesday, December 9, 2015

The #tay4hottest100 campaign was a major point of controversy, with debate raging about whether or not Swift, an artist that has never been played on triple j, deserves a spot in the countdown if people vote for her.

Eventually, triple j simply disqualified ‘Shake It Off’ from the countdown, stating that since the song was the subject of a campaign by a large media company and a KFC competition, votes cast for the track weren’t legitimate.

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As we reported earlier, they’ve now enacted a ‘Taylor Swift anti-troll clause’ as part of their 2015 voting rules. They’ve added some stipulations preventing voters from trolling the poll with campaigns or competitions.

“Don’t troll the poll,” the first of the new rules states. “Votes made as part of a competition that promotes a song or artist, or a campaign that undermines the Hottest 100 may be disqualified or ignored.”

triple j stress they want the poll to be legit, adding, “We want genuine votes, from genuine listeners. If we feel something’s preventing that from happening, we’ll look into it for you and take appropriate action.”

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