Tag Archives: NZ Hip Hop

  • Raiza Biza Shares Slick Visuals For ‘City Girl’

    Raiza Biza Shares Slick Visuals For ‘City Girl’

    Raiza Biza - City Girl ft Embher (Music Video)

    NEW ZEALAND TOUR KICKS OFF

    FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER - NECK OF THE WOODS, AUCKLAND

    Ahead of his extensive New Zealand album tour, Raiza Biza shares slick visuals for ‘City Girl’, directed and created by long-time collaborator Connor Pritchard. The uptempo track features the honey-dewed vocal tones of Embher, over a hard-hitting dancefloor pulse.

    Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated local releases this year, the Rwandan-kiwi rapper released his new album Bygones on October 4th via Low Key Source. A hypnotic culmination of hundreds of hard drive demos, the nine track record features cameo appearances from Sudanese-American rapper/producer extraordinaire Oddisee, along with AmmoNation collaborators Blaze the Emperor, Embher and producer VULC and more.

    Biza’s new material follows a new sound arch, finding inspiration in the deeply written metaphors of the Marvin Gaye-era soul and the heart-hitting rhythms of 1970’s funk. Binding his grounding in socially conscious thought and observational storytelling, Biza studies the human condition and the world around us. Though this time, he admits, the record finds the balance between fun and seriousness. Rather than be ruled by the lyrics, the music plays an emotive part.

    He tells the angles of the human condition through high octane moments, the party life, through to the low, self-reflective moments found in tracks like Stolen Youthand Trouble where he teams up with Oddisee and Zenyth. Both tracks have gone onto become student radio network hits, sitting in the top 10 of the Radioscope Alternative Airplay chart in New Zealand for consecutive weeks.

    Watch Raiza Biza - City Girl (feat. Embher) Below!

     

     
  • New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's Hip Hop Front Runner REMI Drop New Ep "Black Hole Sun"

    New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's hip hop front runner REMI Drop New Ep "Black Hole Sun"

    Raiza Biza x REMI Black Hole Sun EP

    New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's hip hop front runner REMI today share their new EP Black Hole Sun via their respective imprints Low Key Source and House of Beige Records. With the record's beat-making in the hands of Detroit’s legendary hip hop and production maestro Black Milk, the 6-track masterpiece flows between infectious grooves and features from the likes of Sampa the Great and Baro. Ahead of their upcoming Australia & New Zealand tour, the collaboration are also treating fans to the wild visuals for debut single “Runner” ft. Baro.

    The impeccable release absorbs all the free flowing vocals and dynamic production afforded by the lineup of cross-nation collaborators, making for a melting pot of hip-hop and soul visions in one stunning reel of beats. Recent track “Runner” ft. Baro gave the first taste from the team; a high tempo, beat driven hip hop track electrified by dancing production from Black Milk, slick lyrics and cheeky verses from Melbourne friend Baro. Dropping the knees to a lower body groove, “Jiggy” expels deep bass strums to drive formidable vocals, backed by the smooth rhymes of Sampa the Great for a spine-tingling track and a force to be reckoned with. Stepping behind the mic for the feverous “Freeman”, Black Milk joins Remi and Raiza for a stunning marriage of hip hop vocals atop a slowed down beat, explosive bass hits and spiralling keys.

    “Livestock” sees a refrain from special guests for a perfect homage to the chemistry behind the REMI and Raiza partnership, embodied in flowing vocals and blissful harmonies beside Black Milk’s ascending beats you can’t help but shimmy along to. “P.O.M.” continues the killer showcase of collaborative vocals while Black Milk curates yet another undeniable deep groove that slides into the finale in “Genesis”. A thought-provoking and powerful speech sustained by rolling production and defiant rhymes delivered once again by Sampa the Great, the track is a seamless sign-off to the record.

    Accompanying the new EP is the video for recent sensation “Runner”, following the late night escapades of Remi, Raiza and Baro, plus a cameo from Remi's long-time musical collaborator (and half of REMI) Sensible J, who mixed the record at House of Beige Studios.

     

     

    In celebration of the EP Remi and Raiza Biza will be bringing their new record in its entirety live to select stages in both their home countries this November. Kicking off on Friday November 9 on REMI’s home turf at Melbourne Northcote Social Club, the boys will then head to Sydney's iconic The Lansdowne Hotel on Friday November 16. They will next venture to Caroline in Wellington on Friday November 23 to meet Raiza Biza’s national fans, before wrapping up at Auckland’s Neck of the Woodson Saturday November 24. Fans can also catch Remi with his full live band at Southern Comfort’s multi-stage party Southern Sounds, hitting Sydney on Saturday December 8.

    Remi is firmly placed at the top of Australia’s soul and hip hop spectrum, having performed sold-out headline tours across Europe & Australia as well as shared the stage with the likes of Joey Bada$$Danny Brown & De La Soul. Hamilton based Kiwi-Rwandan rapper Raiza Biza has also seen global success, taking his captivating storytelling to stages across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. No strangers to collaboration, with Remi backing up on a remix track for Raiza's "Strong Woman". Their guest vocalists have also long been part of the family, with Remi and Sampa each featuring on one another's latest records as well as Sensible J's debut solo release "Fire Sign".

    Needing little introduction since rising as a young hip hop star, Detroit visionary Black Milk made his first major mark on the industry with his work on Slum Village’s records before going on to work with the likes of J. DillaDanny BrownRZABlack Thought (The Roots), and Pharoahe Monch. Now signed to Nas’ record label Mass Appeal Records, where his latest multi-genre masterpiece FEVER was released, the prolific producer and rapper continues to expand on his acclaimed and diverse portfolio now with this new collaborative gem that will keep you moving with each and every listen.

    TRACKLISTING:

    1. Runner Feat. Baro
    2. Jiggy Feat. Sampa The Great
    3. Freeman Feat. Black Milk
    4. Live Stock 
    5. P.O.M. (Piece Of Mind)
    6. Genesis Feat. Sampa The Great

     
  • Ladi6 & Raiza Biza AA Side Limited 7 Inch Vinyl Release Out Friday May 11th

    Ladi6 & Raiza Biza AA side limited 7 inch vinyl release Out Friday May 11th

    To coincide with New Zealand Music Month Low Key Source releases a limited edition AA side 7 inch vinyl release featuring exclusive remixes of Ladi6 and Raiza Biza tracks.

    To coincide with New Zealand Music Month Low Key Source releases a limited edition AA side 7 inch vinyl release featuring exclusive remixes of Ladi6 and Raiza Biza tracks.

    "Royal Blue" is taken off Ladi6's "Royal Blue 3000" EP and gets the remix treatment courtesy of Silent Jay (Silent Jay & Jace XL), Sensible J (REMI / Sampa The Great) and Leigh Fisher.

    Raiza Biza enlists Melbourne based Hip Hop artist REMI of his "Strong Woman" track taken off his "Day & Night" EP as they pay homage to the women in their lives with this lyrically charming remix.

    TRACKLISTING:

    Side A - Ladi6 "Royal Blue" (Silent Jay, Sensible J & Leigh Fisher Remix) Side AA - Raiza Biza "Strong Woman" Remix Featuring REMI

     
  • New Zealand Rapper JessB Announces Her First Australian Tour 2018

    New Zealand Rapper JessB Announces Her First Australian Tour 2018

    JessB New Zealand Female Rapper

     

    New Zealand rapper JessB announces her first Australian tour to launch her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Bloom’. The 7-track EP features her diamond-hard single ‘Set It Off’ as well as the just released, P-Money produced ‘Take It Down’ (Feat. Rubi Du).

    Quickly making her mark on New Zealand hip-hop, Jess has already racked up over 450,000K streams, collaborated with award-winning legends SWIDT, and secured the first female appearance on David Dallas’s ’64 Bars’ - a Red Bull backed project whereby MC’s are invited to take the mic and freestyle over a fresh beat. "She came in and handled it first take. She’s got a vibe, and she’s super confident" says Dallas.

    JessB has already conquered New Zealand’s biggest festival stages, Rhythm & Vines, Northern Bass and Soundsplash and most recently Auckland City Limits. She was also selected to open Stormzy’s two NZ shows in 2017.

    Of Kenyan descent, JessB grew up in Auckland and naturally gravitated towards hip-hop from an early age. Raised by her adoptive parents, hip-hop offered an avenue to explore her identity in a way that felt natural - providing a cultural touchstone as a minority in New Zealand.

    After meeting renowned producer P-Money through SoundCloud in 2014, the two began what would go onto be a solid friendship and musical partnership. As well as producing Jess’s debut release ‘Soul Free’, P-Money has become a mentor to Jess as well as playing his hand in producing, mixing and engineering a number of the tracks on the ‘Bloom’ EP.

    Speaking about her latest single Take It Down’, JessB describes it as a reflection of writing music that blends the significance of discussing serious issues with the necessity of having a good time with the people you love:

    “I am very passionate about my role as a female artist and what I want to be saying in my songs. I think it is super important to have a balance between talking on serious issues that affect myself and other people of colour and women of colour, but I also think it is so important to remember that we also need to have fun with life and our friends who we cherish.”

    JessB Australian Tour 2018

     

    JessB Australian Tour Dates:

     

    Brisbane - Friday May 4th - The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane

    Supported by Jesswar, BlaqCarrie, Aywin, G Elenil, Dameeela & Babymama

    $10 ENTRY ON THE DOOR

     

    Melbourne - Saturday May 5th - Belleville, Melbourne

    Supported by Yaw Faso, DJ’s Mz Rizk, Creamy Mami & Colette

    FREE ENTRY SHOW

     

    Perth - Thursday May 10th - The Rosemount, Perth

    Supported by Jamilla, Hyclass & DJ Aslan

    $10 ENTRY ON THE DOOR

     

    Sydney - Friday May 11th - Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar), Sydney

    Supported by Kaiit, DJ’s DIOLA & Nicole Tania

    BUY TICKETS HERE!

     

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