Ryan Karaka, also known by his stage name “Ryan K” is a singer/songwriter based in Whangarei.
Formerly the singer for Whangarei hip-hop collective “OBC”, Ryan is a talented vocalist. More recently one of the many stand outs on the Coastal Ent. roster, Ryan has been singing since he can remember. Seeing success in many school-age singing and battle-of-the-bands style competitions, nothing has ever held this guy back.
So if you want some nesian style music in your life be sure to check the bro out in the link below!!
Ryan on Facebook
Double G AKA Gaylon Hindley is an MC/Producer originally from Cape Town South Africa who is now based in Wellington NZ.
A popular MC, Double G is well-known on the Wellington and wider national scene. His energy and unique sounding voice put him a step ahead of the game in any setting – recorded or performing. Having competed at the Def Jam Showcase late last year and more recently opening for the world-renowned Lloyd, not to mention a plethora of gigs consistently in the pipeline alongside a massive amount of content that’s steady dropping it’s hard to point out any flaws in Double G’s hustle or style at all!
All relevant links for the bro are below. Make sure to share, repost or retweet. You know the drill. Don’t be a stinge.
Double G on Facebook.
Double G on SoundCloud.
Live at the Def Jam Showcase.
Double G – Hold It Down official video.
Dark Ciders AKA Jedz and Ghos are a hip-hop duo who got their start in Australia but relocated home to Whangarei NZ.
Dark Ciders are Jedz and Ghos. Dark Ciders are straight up. Dark Ciders are skilled. Dark Ciders are Talented. Most of all, Dark Ciders are Tasty.
With their signature production style and straight up lyricism it’s hard not to become a fan of the Dark Ciders. While their raw style may not appeal to everyone, their skill with the mic in hand cannot be denied. Having opened for acts such as Onehungas SWIDT and Avondales MelodowNZ, and teaming up with Riser’s Collective’s Quincy to make some ultra vibey video clips that Homebrew would be jealous of, alongside their catalog of music you can be sure it has that signature Dark Ciders taste.
All relevant links to the DC crew are below and remember to keep it Dark. Drink Cider.
Dark Ciders on Facebook.
“WEiRD” video clip – YouTube
Te Ngaronoa Mahanga AKA Phul Aphekt is an MC from Whangarei, now based in Auckland.
Getting his start in the “Malodik Cru” way back in the early days of Whangarei HipHop, Phul Aphekt is one of the most respected, flowy and motivated artists that Northland has to offer and is now one of the many known faces on the Coastal Ent. roster. More recently headed down the MC/host path for many gigs around the Northland area, the MC has dabbled in all aspects of music and media and is a well know knowledge dropper. An example of his flow and early work dates back to 2009 in the video clip shot at Tikipunga High School for the track Change, to this day it’s still a well-thrashed track up north!
To catch the full effect of Phul Aphekt we’ve chucked all relevant works and social media links to him below!
Phul Aphekt on Facebook.
Phul Aphekt – “Change” Video Clip.
Episode #2 of his “Urban Shift” series.
Tom Francis is an MC from Hawkes Bay, NZ.
Well known in recent months as one of NZ’s only MC’s to score studio time with the likes of Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg, Tom saw success in 2016 by knocking Drake off the NZ iTunes Album Chart.
Clocking up a few nationwide tours and a heap of festivals, Tom most recently premiered the video clip for “Feel Right” featuring J. Tek, Jean Deaux and none other than NZ Drift Legend Mad Mike Whiddett.
With his unparalleled style and energetic stage presence, it seems there’s no market or entertainment avenue that Tom Francis couldn’t dominate.
“Feel Right” video clip – YouTube
Tom Francis on Facebook
Tom Francis on Spotify
Tom Francis on Instagram
Illa is an MC from Clendon, Auckland.
A popular, well respected and skilled MC, it’s safe to say Illa masters it all, be it on social media or the entertainment buzz. Fresh off the back of the prestigious 64 Bars Series run by NZ legend David Dallas in which artists such as INF, Lukan Rai$ey and Dirty have also performed it seems he doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.
Able to kill it live, recorded or any which way you ask he’s definitely not one to underestimate.
You can catch all Illa’s content below (of course you may already have seen it though.)
Illa on Facebook
Illa – 64 Bars
Ian Kake AKA Eaz is an MC from Whangarei, Northland.
Better known to almost everyone by his stage name, Eaz has a very nonchalant and unique flow. A family man first and foremost he started out with his partner in rhyme DMA as a part of the duo D4DUB producing a few awesome tunes here and there and becoming a regular face on the Whangarei scene. Eaz is also a founding member of Coastal Ent. alongside long time friends LKEYZ, Ray Anderson, DMA, Phul Aphekt and others.
Having no known predators and seemingly able to get along with everyone at once it seems Eaz knows no limits when it comes to his music.
Eaz on SoundCloud
MC Blaksawd AKA Tre Poutama is an MC, radio host and talented performer from Kaikohe in Northland.
More recently the regular host of The Dope Spot on local Whangarei radio station Beagle FM, Tre got his start as a part of Kaikohe Hip Hop duo THE FUNKY NORTH. Mixing guitar, a number of percussive instruments, turntables and a range of other musical instruments, Tre and DJ Definite managed to create a truly unique form of Hip Hop with an old school vibe.
You can catch Blaksawd playing a massive range of local Hip Hop on Beagle FM every Saturday on 88.1 in Whangarei.
Blaksawd on Facebook
The_Dope_Spot on Facebook
THE FUNKY NORTH/Bridgemode Records on SoundCloud
LKEYZ is the moniker that Whangarei artist Joe Reuben raps, produces, films, edits and entertains under.
More well known as Trix, Joe was one of the founding members of the Norty North Movement but broke off in late 2016 to pursue his own ventures in his hometown of Whangarei. Joe started Coastal Ent soon after and has since gathered some of the best MC’s, singers, and producers that Whangarei has to offer and kickstarted the Whangarei Hip Hop scene back into action.
Already accumulating thousands of follows and views, Coastal Ent seems to be set to become the next big thing for Northland. Trix himself has proven his worth as an artist, director, editor, and producer and you can catch his catalog of content below!
LKEYZ on Facebook
LKEYZ on SoundCloud
LKEYZ – “Do Me Like That” Video Clip – Youtube
Growing up in Parua Bay, Whangarei MC and producer Slanteyez has an amazing approach to the Hip Hop scene.
Devoting most of his time to his crew OBC, the essence he provides through his instrumentals alongside his in depth lyricism has become a core fundamental for the crew. He has also seen a ton of success on the beat battle circuit winning a handful of Stones Throw Beat Battles and collecting hundreds of SoundCloud follows along the way.
Continuing to wow his followers with his very unique style and producing a massive range of Hip Hop and Lofi instrumentals, he’s well worth checking out!
Slanteyez on SoundCloud
OBC – “New Jack” Video Clip – Facebook
OBC – “Let’s Get Hungover” Video Clip – Facebook