American rapper Lupe Fiasco has described Australians as the most sophisticated music fans in the world.
The Chicago raised hip-hop star believes Aussies exhibit wider tastes when it comes to song selections and are more open minded than any other country.
Preparing to return for his third Big Day Out tour, Fiasco praised youth radio station Triple J for enhancing music culture with its diverse range of programming.
"Australia is a fun, fun place because the music scene over there is so more democratic," Fiasco told AAP from San Francisco.
"You've got a radio station like Triple J who will play anything and everything so long as it's good, whereas the climate for radio in the US is a little more controlled and confined.In Australia you get a range of different music so the average music fan is maybe five or six times more sophisticated and has a far wider palate than the average US fan or even a European fan. I've noticed that Australian people have such a vast acceptance of music and you'll rock out as hard to The Prodigy as you'll rock out to Lupe Fiasco or rock out to Tool."
The 28-year-old rapper behind the hits Superstar and The Show Goes On also had special praise for Big Day Out, describing the outdoor festival series as the best he's encountered during his ten year career.
"For me it's the best tour in the world because they put the artist first," Fiasco said. "Not only are the shows amazing but the hospitality behind the scenes is incredible, it's like a vacation seeing a beautiful country for two weeks and performing in these amazing venues."
"I'm excited every time I get invited to come and do it."