MELODOWNZ opened up another round of David Dallas x Red Bull Studios illustrious 64 bars series this week with a killer flow! The aggressive verse mixed multiple flow switch ups alongside killer lyricism and truly is a 64 bar masterclass. If the All Blacks could spit, this is what they’d sound like. Seriously.
“Shout out to all the Polynesians out there”. Inf gave props to everybody on their grind after winning the NZVMA for best group. Up against groups such as Devilskin and legendary NZ Drum n Bass/Electronic group Shapeshifter, SWIDT managed to go large and take home the award. Notoriously winning the Best Urban Group award in 2016 it only seems fitting for them to be overall winners after the massive year they’ve had.
Freeks has been going hard behind the scenes smashing out collabs with fellow up and comers such as Swade Wallace and Caco. Dropping previews all week, the remixes are definite quality and well worth a spin!! Catch Freeks SoundCloud HERE
Leeorify gave us access to the sickest little mix down of his best tracks in his exclusive LBB Beat Tape. Mixing Electronic vibes, RnB and other genres together to create his own unique sound you can listen to HERE
PlayBeats and THRWUP came together to create an absolute banger this week! The track, D R E A M S, has a definitive vibe that aptly suits the pre-summer season. You can cop the track and all other deets on PlayBeats and THRWUP HERE
Other than that, another massive week for Hip Hop in NZ!! We’re not looking to cover solely Hip Hop so if you’re an artist of any genre don’t be afraid to message us with your content!!
OBC are a “kiwi-hip-hop” collective from Whangarei.
Getting their start in late 2008 it took this bunch of misfits until 2011 to really get the ball rolling. Seeing success with their “Summertime Vibe” music video release in conjunction with local media company, SBPNZ, OBC saw furthermore success with the release of video clips for their tracks “Time”, “Lean On” and more recently “08 til Infinity” among others. With their massive back catalog of both music and music videos and their natural sounding vibe it seems not much can stomp out their sound.
To get on board the Teaship Chronicles all relevant links to OBC are provided below!
OBC on Facebook
OBC on SoundCloud
Tihei is a well known freestyler and Hip Hop artist from Te Kao.
One of, if not THE most successful and well known artists and personalities to come out of Northland, you can find a ton of clips of Tihei freestyling on sites like YouTube and Facebook.
Rising to social media dominance in 2015/16 Tihei is primarily known as a gifted freestyler who is able to drop a dope free at any moment. Aside from all that he has a plethora of well produced and put together music videos and a decent catalog of audio to match. Could we be bearing witness to the journey of a true NZ Hip Hop Legend? – That’s if he isn’t already!
Links to all Tihei’s content (Facebook)
Tihei – Everyday (Music Video)
Sidhunnid is an MC from Auckland.
Sounding a lot like NZ’s version of Big Sean, Sidhunnid is indeed a talented individual! With a slightly smaller following than he deserves, the quality Sid puts out is phenomenal. Working alongside producers such as Kaydub and Y.E he really channels the modern sound. If its not the beats complimenting his voice, its his voice complimenting the beats!
All relevant social median links to Sidhunnid can be found below! Make sure to cop it!!
Sidhunnid on Facebook
Sidhunnid on SoundCloud
Kenny Slade is an MC from Auckland.
Currently on a European tour for the already established Raiza Biza, The leaps Kenny has made this year speak for themselves. With his definitive urban sound and unique NZ street style Kenny seems to be poised to take the NZ hip hop scene by storm! His sound is an awesome mix of old-school-sounding beats accompanied by a situational writing style – not to mention a killer flow!!
All relevant links to become a fan of the bro are below. That’s if you aren’t already!!
Follow him on Facebook
Kenny Slade on SoundCloud
See Naylors is a hip hop artist from Auckland.
See Naylors is one of the more prominent hip hop acts coming out of Auckland right now. Rising out of the underground through his label Mizhado’s cyphers, alongside his very own and wildly successful “On the Block challenge” and pumping out content for his epic #originaltuesdays concept you cannot knock the hustle. With his unique style and ability across the board, it’s amazing that See hasn’t been scooped up by the media and achieved that superstar status yet!!
Catch all of See Naylors relevant links below and don’t sleep on the hustle!
See Naylors on Facebook
See Naylors on SoundCloud
Mizhado Ent. on Facebook
Caco is a Libyan-born Auckland-based hip hop artist.
Caco the Rapper is a skilled hip hop artist from the Auckland area and it’s not hard to see why! With his distinct flow and lone-wolf work ethic, it’s hard not to become a fan of the MC. His flow is borderline underground, and true to hip-hop – while looking at him you might not understand how this dude flows this way! Contrasting between his “one-take” entry video and his song “Bad News” he also demonstrates how flexible he can be within the genre.
So if you aren’t already familiar with Caco it’s definitely worth giving his sound a blast on your headphones. Pure vibes. All relevant links below!
Caco on Facebook
Caco on SoundCloud
Raneem Caco – High School Slam Poetry in 2015
Hooligang are a hip hop duo consisting of YK and Jdot from Auckland.
With a massive following on all aspects of their social media, Hooligang have all they need to gain ground in the humming NZ music industry. The quality of their content both production and performance wise alongside the plethora of music videos they’ve stacked up is nothing short of legendary.
With their modern style, cult-like following and the location they’ve found themselves based, Hooligang are definitely the crew to keep an eye on!!
Hooligang on Facebook
Hooligang – Where They At (Music Video)
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
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