Albums of the Month: February 2018

We are now two months into 2018 and things are really starting to heat up album-wise. After January gave us a little teaser to keep us waiting for more, February has come through fantastically with some great new releases. So, as usual, here are my top six releases of the last month. Coco Solid - Cokes  … Continue reading Albums of the Month: February 2018

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Gig Review: Lil Uzi Vert

New Zealand hip-hop fans have been blessed with a blizzard of rappers playing down under over the last few months. Philadelphia’s Lil Uzi Vert is the latest to grace our shores, delivering a non-stop fireball of a show to a very, very enthusiastic crowd at the Logan Campbell Centre last night. He didn’t just defy gravity, it seems he’s … Continue reading Gig Review: Lil Uzi Vert

Interview: Volume South – celebrating South Auckland’s music scene

After the success of Volume at Auckland Museum last year a sister exhibition celebrating the music of South Auckland is happening at MIT. Volume South celebrates the great music that has come out of suburbs such as Otara and Mangere and explores the cultural impact of the South Auckland music scene. I spoke to the … Continue reading Interview: Volume South – celebrating South Auckland’s music scene

Anniversary Albums: Digable Planets “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space”” (1993)

Episode Info: On this episode of anniversary albums, we take a look at the debut album from New York alternative rap group Digable Planets "Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)." Released in 1993, this album quickly became an underground jazz rap classic and became popular among both the rap and alternative communities. Podcast Link: … Continue reading Anniversary Albums: Digable Planets “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space”” (1993)

Interview: Unchained XL “Giving It A Good shot”

Hugh Ozumba is an artist on a mission. The Liverpool-born Nigerian New Zealander, who goes by the name Unchained XL, has recently quit his full-time job at Serato to become a full-time rapper. He has lofty goals for the local hip hop scene and where he wants to take his music. Sam Smith talked with him about what he … Continue reading Interview: Unchained XL “Giving It A Good shot”