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.

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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!!

Chur!!

 

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iLLa and See Naylors keep killing it!


iLLa x Stash x Kenny Slade. Would you like fries with that? Honestly, who could ask for a better combo. From the bars to the beat to the visuals this trio can only be described in one word: Flawless. If they weren’t already standing out nationwide they most definitely are now!!

See Naylors is back with the vibes alongside teammate Daekwan. This track should be bumping on everybody’s speakers on the way to the beach this summer. On top of the top tier lyricism and flow, the production from Facade seems to never drop in quality and he has proven his ability to encapsulate any vibe he tackles.

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The bro Simon Edward AKA $i has not only the lyricism on lock but the guitar jams just keep hitting another level! Check it out HERE and give the bro a follow while you’re at it!!

The bro from further south FLOURISH THE VISION dropped a new heater over HERE for his track ZEALANDIANS, definitely worth a view, like, share!!

The bro Kerowaii dropped his album Mango Tree this week, you can cop it on iTunes HERE. Well worth a playthrough and a repost!!

Other than that, another massive week for underground talent throughout NZ!
Chur guys!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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OBCizzlin’

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

Natural T.

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)

Keep Calm, Keep CLKTD.

CLKTD are a Hip Hop/Trap collective from Whangarei.

Produced by mastermind Seeadi Beats, CLKTD rose out of the Whangarei scene in late 2015. Off the back of a couple opening slots for the likes of MelodowNZ and Bailey Wiley they’ve managed to put out consistent releases for the past couple of years. With their distinctive trap style and being the only ones to seemingly be able to execute the sound in NZ these guys are a crew to keep an eye on!!

To collect all CLKTD’s tunes see the links below!!

CLKTD on Facebook

CLKTD 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

Top of the Electronic Podium.

Chores are a House/Electronic duo made up by Thommy Simmons and Sam Saunders who are from Auckland.

Formerly known as “The Lost Boys”, Sam and Thommy  have established  themselves as top-of-the-food-chain artists with their Urban City style. Over the years they have crafted some epic bangers whether they be tropical or deep. Working alongside the likes of Tim Corin and Daniel Farley (AKA Terace) they have developed their sound alongside NZ’s top house artists in the scene. You can catch these two throughout AKL during the week and be sure to watch out for these two as they grow their sound furthemore.

All relevant links to Chores can be found below!

Chores on SoundCloud.

Chores on Facebook.

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