“We’re about to bombard you with some history.
If you didn’t already know we dropped this Demo about a month ago. We still have a ton left to move but we would like to share with you the journey that got us to this point.
Back in 2008 Anaruto (Andrew) had the idea to create a collaborative hip-hop crew with fellow MC’s Psyentific (Josh), Slanteyez, Anthony and others. We had limited equipment and no idea what we were doing. We were just a bunch of teenagers making crappy music that we would upload to Bebo. We loved doing it – getting together, smashing back some liquor and making shit that was relevant to us at the time. This was the time that the first versions of tracks like ‘Summertime Vibe’ and ‘On The Road’ were made, we thought we were gonna be the hottest shit that year.
2009 and 2010 we didn’t do much. At this point, we were still making the odd track but were more focussed on the buzz of finally being 18 and the freedoms that came with that. We were also known by another name.
Fast forward to mid 2011, Bubahercs (Jesse) and Psyentific (Josh) formed Final Attack. They made some crazy good tunes at the time. (Like ridiculously good, so much so that Josh is always banging on about how he wants to make more Final Attack music). Slanteyez and Anaruto (Andrew) were inspired by the progression in the short amount of time and decided to click up with Josh once more and (at the time) newbie Jesse. After a month or two they merged and came to be known as OBC (a throwback to a previous name).
We had a few gigs and we now had a studio to put in work, not to mention we were far better than our 2008 selves. From this came our very first EP: Deadly With The Melodies. Deadly With The Melodies got absolutely SMASHED on SoundCloud garnering 2000 plays in the first week. We were stoked.
On ‘Deadly With The Melodies’ there was one song that we were sure was destined for greatness and Andrew knew of a bunch of dudes, who were still at school, filming drifting and stuff for YouTube – and seeing success from it. So he decided to approach them about how much it would cost for them to shoot a video clip. Instead, we formed a partnership.
We filmed the video clip for Summertime Vibe at the very beginning of summer and released it in 3 weeks. We knew it would get viewed being uploaded on SBP’s YouTube – we didn’t expect the scale. We can’t even remember how many views we got that first week but we’re sitting at just under 40,000 now. The buzz was insane and hooked us in the music game completely.
We got busy after that and released arguably our best EP in 2013: The Bakery Sessions. By now we already had a decent following on both Soundcloud and Facebook and were probably the biggest thing in HipHop coming out of Northland at the time. We were attending every Open Mic night Whangarei had to offer and managed to somehow end up opening for David Dallas during his Rose Tint Tour. We also released the video clip for Time which overtook Summertime Vibe as our most played track ever this year on all platforms.
2014 sucked, 2015 did too. We got nothing done and spent most of the time arguing over shit that didn’t matter. We also got evicted, spread out over town, screwed over by people we trusted and had no motivation to do anything.
Boom – 2016 is when Jesse takes a Limitless pill. He uses the OBC page to drop “Lean On” and with a flick of his fingers and help from Freeks, Kale, Kenny, and co OBC was back in 6th gear. Andrew climbed out of nowhere and jumped onboard, Jesse recorded an entire album worth of content, Josh moved back from Australia and reconnected with us and the crew decided to do a set of EP’s: Fresh Off The Teaship 1,2 and 3. We picked up Iwajima, Pgaw and GVNR along the way.
This year (2017), we’ve released more content, done more gigs, and worked way harder than we ever have, so we decided to put together this demo. We could never have done it without the people who have helped us along the way, you all know who you are and we’d probably find the tag limit if we went to tag you all.
We just want to say we really appreciate everyone who’s helped us and even rocked the Teaship – you’ve all made your mark on our music one way or another.