Reviews

Photography by D’Shott Ever since Talk Later announced The Block Party Festival and its line-up the show automatically became a must-see on the calendar of events for 2016. Months had elapsed since and on a...

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Review: Tiny Warm Hearts by Louie Knuxx

May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Louie Knuxx has been in the thick of a resurgence in progressive rap in this country for more than a minute. His last record, PGT/GRR took his gruff vocals and spun them out over interesting...

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Review: Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples

November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The debut full-lengther by Long Beach, California native, Vince Staples, is quite simply a stunner. With production more or less overseen by Def Jam hit maker, Dion “No I.D.” Wilson, labels, critics and fans are...

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Review: Resin one vs Orphan

August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Resin One Vs Orphan by Resin One Vs Orphan Holly Mackerel! Let the raps spill, is not only a great opening line, but hell, both Resin One and Orphan mean it when they take up...

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Review: Wuavé Season EP by Spycc

July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Onehunga and Young Gifted and Broke (YGB) bright spark has a new EP out. It’s super smooth and will swim down ear holes everywhere. Partly that’s because you can download it for free or koha...

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Review: The Good Fight by Oddisee 4/5

June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Good Fight by Oddisee Funk-filled Washington DC rapper Oddisee is back with his new album The Good Fight. While it can be hard to decipher exactly which number record this is as he has...

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Review: To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

LA rap superstar, Kendrick Lamar’s third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, not only cements his growing legacy as the saviour of West Coast rap but is also a crossover epic. This sprawling, jazz and funk...

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The Studio, Auckland was billed as the final stop for The Infamous Mobb Deep AUS/NZ 20th Ann. Tour and so us city slickers impatiently waited for the Queensbridge, New Yorkers to arrive in town as they drew closer...

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Review: Hong Kong Food City by Mareko

April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Samoan via Manurewa rapper, Mareko may not be flooding the radio waves like his Deceptikonz counterpart, Savage, but as he explains on his track, Rising Sun, “people ask me if I still rhyme/I tell ‘em...

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Steady gaining rapport among his peers of the good and bad, an unavoidable stigma that comes with making moves in the music industry. Respected for the most part in what he’s accomplished to date, the work...

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Review: The World Within by Moderator

March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Moderator is a 22 year old Greek producer who has just released his new album, The World Within through Cult Classic Records. Moderator has an almost horizontally relaxed take on woozy hip hop break beats...

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Drake performing ILoveMakonnen’s Tuesday @ Vector Arena 28yo, Canadian rapper sensation, makes his first appearance in N.Z. Being that his career is very much in the peak arc of its course, die hard fans were spoiled for what was going...

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Now when this landed on my ‘desktop’, because were in that technological day and age now the name Chris Jasper was outside of or before my time of acknowledging who he was or so it...

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Three international acts headlined a one-off that between them all had the hits, record sales and following to comfortably tick off the 2000’s generational net and there after. It was billed to be some sort...

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Blank Canvas: Wall and Piece by The Doqument The Doqument are nothing short of ambitious. Last year they released their debut, The Rookie Album, and this year they are back with a double, Blank Canvas:...

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Review: SOULFEST 2014

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

For an overcast day, Western Springs was decked out to host a full star lineup consisting of both local and international acts which contributed to an atmosphere buzzing with high expectation and excitement . A...

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There’s No Success Like Failure by Frankie Daggers The third instalment from Auckland MC Frankie Daggers sees him relaxed. There’s No Success Like Failure is a seven song EP that’s up for free download. Frankie’s...

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Review: PGT/GRR by Louie Knuxx

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Louie Knuxx has to have one of the most impressive vocal deliveries in New Zealand hip hop. He’s gritty and unabashedly willing to say things that others would balk at. But more importantly, there’s that...

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