A Melo 64 while SWIDT scoop large!!

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!!




Interview: Kerowaii

We caught up with PNG/NZ Artist Kerowaii to figure out what we’re in for when his album Mango Tree drops next month!!


LBB: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

Kerowaii: I was born and grew up in Papua New Guinea, then moved to NZ at the age of 12.


LBB: What got you into music initially and how long have you been honing your sound? What is your sound?

Kerowaii: Great question. I have appreciated good music since as early as I remember. I guess in making my own music I just want to make music that I would put on a playlist, like, something I want to listen to. As far as my sound goes, I strive to paint truthful, thought provoking and deep pictures with my lyrics but have that element of fun and bravado in there. It is not a typical cookie cutter sound but is unique and at times raw emotion and vivid struggles are pictured. It’s honest, with real intention.


LBB: What is the name of your album, why did you choose that name for your album and how long did it take to complete?

Kerowaii: The name of my album is Mango Tree. The name hearkening from the Mango Tree in PNG under which I used to sit by the fire and roast peanuts as a child. Its a story of a boy turning to a man amidst the worlds troubles and tribulations. The album has been a labour intensive journey and has taken over a year to compile. The refining of the story over this time has been a joy and has come with many lessons.


LBB: Is there an underlying theme or concept for your album? If so can you explain it?

Kerowaii: The underlying theme of the album is really the story of my life from different perspectives. Things others will find parallel their own experiences. It takes you on a journey of a whole gamut of emotions and vibes which depict that transformation of a young boy growing up in PNG and moving to New Zealand after the passing of his mother and finding his place in the world.


LBB: What was your greatest inspiration to begin the album and why?

Kerowaii: The album is really dedicated to my mum and one of the main intentions is to honor her through it.


LBB: Are there any “stand out” tracks for you that you would point people to listen to first? Why those tracks?

Kerowaii: Yeah, “Signals”, produced by Christchurch’s Infectiouss is a good one to capture the essence of the emotional elements of the album while also remaining to be a song people can relate to and just vibe out to. I think also a notable track would be “Behind Enemy Lines (Interlude)”, produced by VZN of Australia, because it shows my versatility and diversity as an artist. One not to miss in terms of the setting of the scene of the album would be the Intro track as it describes a bit of the backstory to who I am and what this album is about.


LBB: Are there any features? Why did you choose to feature them and how did it come about?

Kerowaii: The album contains a few features from some very talented and awesome artists such as Louis, Trillo and Alice Tanner. I talked to all three artist, we then went into the studio to vibe out to another project we were working on and then a moment of inspiration struck, we got it down, recorded it, and there it was. This kind of an almost effortless and free expression is a joy to work with and is also how the track “Signals” came about. One day as Zac Harding (Infectiouss) and I were just going through a collection of beats he had, that instrumental struck the right notes and then almost instantaneously the track was written, recorded and it was done in a week. The album also features my brother Louis who contributed some amazing work on Depths of Colours and Death to Demons.


LBB: When and where can we get our hands on your album?

Kerowaii: It will be on Spotify, Itunes, Google Play, and all leading streaming sites on November 10th.


LBB: Any final words?

Kerowaii: Push beyond your wildest dream.


For more info or to contact the bro hit the link below!!:

Kerowaii on Facebook.



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

Sidhunnid %

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 vs The World

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

On a Misshin!!

Misshin are a Dubstep Producer/DJ duo from Christchurch!

Alex Wilton and James Clark are making noise in the South and are probably the cause of the fault line in Christchurch. with a plethora of Dubstep/DnB/and even “Dub-ish” sounding works of art released, alongside a pumping SoundCloud and Facebook presence it’s not hard to see how they could be the next big thing in the scene. With many headline shows under their belt and having opened for acts such as Skism, Habstrakt and Flux Pavillion, their eerie-yet-amping sound creations make them an epic duo to keep eyes and ears on!

All relevant links to go on a Misshin are below!

Misshin on SoundCloud

Misshin on Facebook

See Naylors on the UP!

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

Straight Flows by Caco

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

Ryan K!!

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

Make A Banga!

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.