They Call Me DMA

19748496_118506305433085_3226411828193712838_nDamyn Blindell AKA DMA is more recently known as one-half of Coastal Ent’s “Thirsty Thursday” live Facebook show.

However, his other side – producing, writing, recording, filming and all round experimentation in all aspects of social media has seen him gain valuable industry knowledge and experience and helped himself and those around him to grow a massive audience.

Founder of popular Facebook page “Nortified”, He’s been on the local Whangarei music circuit since 2010. His impressive MC skills and natural stage presence means he can pick up a mic anywhere, anytime and entertain.

DMA on SoundCloud

DMA on Facebook

 

Keeping it Hori!

Since the early 10’s HoriCollective have brought their own unique style to Northlands blossoming hip hop scene. Consisting of members Malstk, Henasee, 93Ja, Tones and Dotske the crew have formed a real bond growing up together and it is evident in their style of music.

One of the more well-known units on the Coastal Ent. roster their entry into MC Enzie’s well known “Goosebumps Challenge” garnered nearly 30,000 views in under 3 months earlier in the year.

Following up the successful release of their debut self-titled EP and their collaborative effort with LKEYZ on their music video releases it’s clear to see their hustle is most definitely paying off!

HoriCollective on SoundCloud

HoriCollective on Spotify

HoriCollective on Facebook

HoriCollective “Goosebumps Challenge” entry – Facebook

NZ, It’s Hoody Time!

It takes balls to travel to another country for a self-funded tour, and even more to relocate there afterward – but that’s exactly what Hoody Time AKA Joey Talmage AKA The Pineapple King has done.

After a wildly successful Tour in NZ late last year, Hoody Time has booked himself to the brim for another. The MC, previously based in LA moved out to NZ and is now based in Nelson. Touring on the back of 2 EP’s and a wildly successful music video for his song “The New Everything”, he’s proven to most NZ artists that he not only talks the talk but walks it.

Always aiming to become one of the greats in any pursuit he tackles, his hustle alone will surely guarantee him success!

Hoody Time on SoundCloud

Hoody Time on Facebook

“Backpack” – Latest Release – Spotify

“The New Everything” Music Video – Facebook

Setting The Trap!

A regular on the Auckland scene, Trap Artist T1R has already had a taste of what it takes to be successful in his game.

Whether it be opening for international acts such as RL Grime, $uicide Boys and Carmack or collaborating with the likes of Quix and Dabow and playing festivals like Northern Bass and Rhythm n Vines it’s safe to say T1R is ticking off all the side quests on his journey to become something huge.

With over 80,000 plays and 15,000 followers on SoundCloud, countless features and releases on many YouTube channels and a solid following on Facebook T1R is not an artist to sleep on.

 

T1R On Facebook

T1R On SoundCloud

Carmada – Maybe (Dabow & T1R Remix) – YouTube

Epic post from the bro’s at OBC:

“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.
 
Queue SBPNZ.
 
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.
 
❤ OBC.”
 

One Of a Kind

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95 til infinity – That’s the goal for Freeks Tha Amateur and he’s already begun to cement a legacy in NZ Hip Hop by rubbing shoulders with fellow up-and-comers Hooligang and Tom Francis, proving his mettle against strong MC’s at the Def Jam Showcase in Wellington late last year, and winning a spot to open for International Act and Strange Music signee Rittz – it seems the sky is not the limit for the MC from Te Kopuru.

Having garnered a cult following in his early days and building on top of it ever since, he has continued to steamroll the NZ Hip Hop scene having recorded many tracks for Soundcloud and uploading a huge amount of content on his Facebook, from freestyles to PSA’s and Music videos – his most notable release being a visual shoot with Director Isaac Bell and Editor Jesse Anderson for his track Come 216.

Freeks is influenced by the likes of TDE’s Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar to Joey Bada$$ and Tupac amongst others and he’s most at home in his storytelling style he’s honed and crafted. He’s also proven his range within the genre, with tracks about bad relationships, fallen friends, and fake friendships among others.

Proving his performability, recordability, and social media prowess it seems there isn’t much to stop Freeks Tha Amateur from carving his own path to success.

Freeks on Facebook

Freeks on SoundCloud

“Come 2:16” Music Video