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
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 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
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 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
Te Ngaronoa Mahanga AKA Phul Aphekt is an MC from Whangarei, now based in Auckland.
Getting his start in the “Malodik Cru” way back in the early days of Whangarei HipHop, Phul Aphekt is one of the most respected, flowy and motivated artists that Northland has to offer and is now one of the many known faces on the Coastal Ent. roster. More recently headed down the MC/host path for many gigs around the Northland area, the MC has dabbled in all aspects of music and media and is a well know knowledge dropper. An example of his flow and early work dates back to 2009 in the video clip shot at Tikipunga High School for the track Change, to this day it’s still a well-thrashed track up north!
To catch the full effect of Phul Aphekt we’ve chucked all relevant works and social media links to him below!
Phul Aphekt on Facebook.
Phul Aphekt – “Change” Video Clip.
Episode #2 of his “Urban Shift” series.
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