Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Haz & His Bucky Of Beats - On Soundcloud!

Just some stuff which Haz been filtered through the Goonie Hodges bucky to produce some dope shit. Check it. The Front 2 Back mix is gangsta.

Wordz from the Haz:

besides knowing me for my production work with my 2 crews Home Brew & Team Dynamite, Im always working on other things with other people, remixing songs & just tryna keep bizy everyday while jobless & still at home with my parents. Its the only way I keep myself from going crazy.
Anyways..I made myself a soundcloud page 2day & uploaded afew songs, demo's & remixes from the achives for your listening pleasure.

David Dallas - Front2Back (Goonie Hodges Remix)byHaz'Beats is GoonieHodges

Haz' & Tony Tz - Yesterday (Demo) by Haz'Beats is GoonieHodges

Haz is on The Hip Drop, so keep an eye on him there too lol

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Hip Hop Your NZ Music Month!

I'm pretty proud of this bill Niue is well represented in all 3 Hip Hop Groups. Shot boys!

Anyway, start off NZ Music Month with some feel good Hip Hop (that doesn't get radio play) that'll get you on the buzz for the month to represent the NZ! Everyone knows Home Brew & Dynamite & Oui got some Grooves for you & with all 3 on in one night, you're gonna hate 96.1 & 88.6 with a passion.

ROCK down!

Check samples of the crews below

Team Dynamite
Home Brew
Oui Groove

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Just Showing Off.....

Sup guys. Really I'm just showing off my picture with Hollie Smith. It's/She's dope.

I went to her concert lastweek with a couple mates...the venue could've been better, but herself, was amazing. I know Hollies music is not that shit you go clubbing for but when you see her in a nice smallish/intimate venue where you can sit so close, chill & watch her perform, then you will feel why Hollie is the shhhiiieeeet!

First off, there were too many dudes/chicks talking and laughin while Hollie was playing. Fair enough they wanted to socialise and try get in the opposite sex but do it outside where your game can't be heard.

Her band was all good, simple dudes, not doing shit too outrageous and just jammin out the groove. I thought Gooch was gonna drum, but then the man jumped on Keys! Her back up vocalists were tight. Bella Kalolo on side even...that chick has some powerful vocals kinda on that Jill Scott tip but still with NZ steez! Then there was Hollie...oh shit. She needs a grand piano on stage to match her vocals, but the way she sings and dances all on stage, you can feel the realness. 

Not only amazingly beautiful but her voice and style is too. Just watch how she expresses herself, she's 100% in the zone from start of song to the end and it's in the break between songs that you realise she only musical because she doesn't know what the fuck to say on stage between songs lol I was gonna ask her out for a smoke after the show, but had none, and anyway I was trippin when I met her, you can't tell but my heartrate was fucked. What can you do when you meet one of 3 favourite female vocalists? If I was more of a somebody I'd ask her if she wants to jam, cause dates are shit.

You don't spark up a dancefloor and sweat and shit (some songs you can though) to her music, you just soak in the Hollie Smith experience. It's intimate/honest music, especially with her new album, you can feel she just wanted to get shit out that she couldn't before (plus she's got the Gooch on her team!). I love her steez, it's fuckin bad ass...and that's real.

NZ female musicians are on some next level shit, it's got me locked for sure.

Below is my NZ Earth, Wind & Fire:
Earth: Hollie Smith
Wind: Iva Lamkum
Fire: Ladi6


R.I.P GURU (Gang Starr)

Rap In Peace GURU, respect.

We all know who this dude was....If you didn't, you better switch that 96.1 shit off and get digging. Listened to Urbanology tribute show (shot Substance) while rolling the bucky & one thing was evident that todays "Hip Hop" is lacking. The feel of Hip Hop. If you listen to any of this dudes tracks, you can feel that shit in every aspect of the song & from the get go your in the zone and don't come back till the track stops.

Shot GURU, I was a bit young and just missed out on the full effect/culture & everything of your music, but I came to learn enough about your music and how solid it is.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Young Islanders - Follow The Leader, Leader, Leader....

Just jumping off the music for a bit to our Pacific Island people...

I don't know about you but I'm pretty sick of seeing the same shit everyday I flick through the paper of Pacific Islanders getting up to no good and really just doing dumb shit (more of recent generations).  We all know the media and how they operate. They love negative stuff, but a lot of us have done no favours to ourselves in trying to help stop this and be known as the beautiful islands like displayed in this picture. Which brings me to the point of this post.

I strongly believe that Pacific Island people have for so long be guilty of not pursuing the things that we are evidently good at but I'm more talking about the recent generations because even though old school cats did the same, they still had enough brain to to survive and have success by way of turning nothing into something. I think is due to a lot of PI people at a young age (and in this new age) being forced into thinking that having a degree in streetlife is the best thing to have. Much of it is to do with the comfort that these type of "families" provide but maybe a bit too much comfort/influence is given so that they actually believe that it's what they are supposed to be, then becoming all they know, then become institutionalised and all downhill from there. Don't get me wrong, some values of the streetlife are good but at the end of the day, their place in society is negative, fair enough too. But what's making it worse it that these values were from the old school take on how things worked but now the younger generation honestly don't have near as much brains as to "how to run a gang" so to speak, so from the get-go of all these new crews, what they value is really setting them up for jail because fame, rolling in numbers, who's the toughest & street respect (acceptance) is their only "values" which are total bullshit and you can't get through to them because they think society doesn't accept them.

I'm sort of not 100% on the suggestion that in the Home is where this problem can be solved because to be honest, homes aren't what they used to be like back in the day.  Homes used to have a mum & dad (who honestly loved each other & their kids), many kids (so that you became tight with your brothers & sisters) and the concept of family was fully understood, "child abuse" actually worked & people listened.

Today you've got every combination but the right one & influences have changed so much (in the wrong direction) it's fucking insane. You can do everything by the book as a parent but still fail because your child is more influenced by society and what they think but in saying that, the home can still help in so many ways. The strong/direct ways that Islanders operate doesn't help anyone either. If you don't do this, you're that, that, that & everything but cool and they stay persistent on that sort of shit and don't give up until you give in which sometimes is the only way to stop it. To follow.

 This thing can go on and I think you's get my point. We as Islanders (the majority) don't encourage the real shit in life and what people are actually good at which is probably why we laugh and hate on "white" peoples success but it's a no brainer, they did what they were good at. Sorry if I went all over the place, it ain't a essay though, just a blog....but honestly...How much of us know people that were the meanest at something so much they could've made success no sweat out of it but ended up living the streetlife? I got a lot of the dome.

But yeah, I love my people, they're good dudes underneath that thick skin but fact is we need to start doing what we are actually good at. Not to prove a point, not so papers don't right about us negatively but just for yourself, because you can & it'll be easier for you to do what you're good to get that success which in reality isn't that far away.

Now back to the music....

Sunday, 18 April 2010

My (if not The) dopest night of Hip Hop ever.

Ok, first off. This might be a long as post, simply because what happened lastnight was the dopest Hip Hop event I've ever experienced! Dream come true. Also, BIGGEST UPS to the FGBz & BRIDGE BOYS for coming & supporting Oui Groove. Appreciated hard! Now, let the story begin...........

Big fuckin ups, downs, sideways angles, streetfighter caps & respect to Home Brew Crew & their event team for doing the hard yards making this night one for the history books!...and all the musicians that put it down, couldn't of done it without you. 

What went down lastnight relit the hip hop flame on the homefront! Downstairs had bands/DJs & Rooftop had emcee acts with DJs, both filled with fuckin hearty as crowds buying out the bar, having a mean time & was a place where J Boog (who made an appearance) meant nothing. It was (to me) a hip hop heaven. 

You had Home Brew, Usual Suspects, Money Mike, Koru Licks, Oui Groove & too many other dope NZ musicians just rollin' round like they were apart of the crowd, kickin it and joining in the vibe not being too cool dryball guys. There was no status...only this girl who had a BEEP BEEP, nice ass, Nek Lev bruv. Cheap liquor, good people, beautiful bartender with a smile so dope I got high & fuckin good music. It represented NZ Hip Hop to the fullest.

Hip Hop gigs were starting to get same old, same ol, but lastnight just fuckin inspired the musical souls of everyone that rocked up. Start of something awesome & it's nek lev stuff from here on. If you went Bacio or other commercial clubs, go jump off the missed out!

The crowd played the meanest role of the night & a fuckin mean one they were. Shot to all the support who came, feels mean playing for people (FGBz/Bridge Boys)! There was a solid mix of a crowd. Your usual white homies/chicks who get horsed and have heaps of money and just go crazy, foreign looking half-cast chicks that floss themselves, yung shottaz & their supporters, the Pacific Islands were well represented too, so were the stoners & just heaps of other good cunts. But everyone I saw was getting live whether it was nodding your head or full on MC Zumba moves, no one being dryballs or trying to prove points (well way less than K Rd) and people giving it up hard when people were performing & when that happens, the band or emcee performing feeds off the solid energy and puts more confidence into their performance. So being a good crowd helps & lastnight was a good fuckin crowd. Respect.

What can I say. A dream come true. Always told people at school I was going to be in a band with my bros and to play on the bill of musicians that I love, was pretty fuckin amazing! 

It was an endless night of good music, one after another. You never wanted to sit down or else you'd get told to get the fuck up from the crazyhorses to get in the groove. The rooftop was illest for emcees. It was pretty intimate & gave off a feel like you were in the hood just having the homies off the ave setting up on the street & getting live. Not to mention the crowd, they helped as said before. Interactive as, good shit! The atmosphere just seemed like the perfect comfort zone to rip it. When emcees ripped out acapellaz, it was the dopest shit, it's all about you when you do that & for those who did, carved it.

Downstairs where the band & bar was, ended up on point. The place wasn't packed like a Khuja gig where you feel the sweat of other hardcore fans but there was plenty of room to move, groove & conversate. All the bands were dope. Full of energy, full of feel & you could feel the heart in that shit! Jennifer Zea is insanely hot (killer vocals too). The bar was full like a fiend on crack, people were on that shit, helps when $20bux gets you a good deal! Watching different musicians and how they make love to their instruments is dope and just the level of enthusiasm was nek lev. Just on nek lev, I think it was the word most used in the whole night!

Then there was the greenroom. My first time, & I soaked it up, gotta say. I "drank like a kings" and probably annoyed the fuck outta every other musician just talking music for fuckin ages, my bad, I was living for right now. Drinking, just chillin & then you say wassup to the guy next to you & find out it's oh fuck..Scratch 22, oh fuck, Legal Money Mike...oh shit, Mt Eden Dubsteb! The night was full of them moments & it all just added to the reason why this night was Top Notch! If theres a greenroom, Koru Licks will reside there for the night haha but with all the brews, good cunts & random hot chicks that rocked through, you couldn't help but soaking up the atmosphere. FYI - I cleaned up because that's just what we do at home. Help make the mess, help clean up. It's just how it is. Big ups to the Greenroom, goooooood tiiimes!

The underground musicians on the homefront are dope. Kick back, chill, keep it real kinda dudes. 

I met this guy who had a stein-fro and a top hat. Truent I think. This guy is a top notch nek lev toast maker. How the toastmaking start, I don't know, but this guy had toast talent. He knew the routine of how to keep the toast rollin to minimise waiting time, knew the setting in which toast comes out crunchy but not too hard & knew all the good shit that could go on toast. I think hes in the wrong industry.Ever heard of Red Shoe Diaries? That's gonna be his next project name, or Sky1 lol

The beers in the greenroom were nek lev. Who has a beer that you can close & take away to consume at a later time? WTF. But I ain't complaining, it made me happy. Shot to all the people who kicked it in the greenroom for ages just chillin, it helped the tired dude that I was, out.

You're always gonna get some people who go against the flow, but lastnight it was about 5% if that. 5% don't have nothing on 95% down for the cause, in the groove gettin live good dudes.

To that chick in the kitchen, shot for that. It was mean hard. lol

Shot Chris Graham! He was in there haha Being Paparazzi & kicking it in the crowd like he's just some random dude. Solid

Lastly, to my band of brothers, Tonga & Rescue. Shot for the jam, I thought we were fuckin tight! If we played later, we would've got the crowd live! Shot brothers & homies.

Fuckin mean night bro, shoulda been there....and that night right there, was the best night of Hip Hop ever.

 PS: Maybe I'm a bit bias because I love the underground more than commercial music but I could easily school you on why it was without a doubt (from what others & I experienced) the dopest night of hip hop ever. (excluding old school shit, they were pretty dope back then but that's what lastnight was...) Underneath The Shade Video Clip, coming soon......& we all chipped in.

 To Be Continued........

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Home Brew In Wellington

I think they went to the wrong part of the country for this street fighter battle lol South Aucklands where the fanatics at haha

Home Brew Fundraiser Day 3

Shot Ridgey haha

Friday, 9 April 2010

THE LOCALS: Hollie Smith & Bulletproof - If You Fall (Radio Edit)

Hollie Smith is beautiful, if I was more of a somebody in the music scene, I'd ask her out for a smoke cause askin out on a date is cheesy and gay lol But anyway, I'm a fan of her new album & the fact it was analogue, music was felt more than planned & Riki Gooch was up in the mix on production and it all sounds good.

Here's a dope as drum n bass mix of a track called "If You Fall" and I think local Bulletproof (aka Jay Cyanide) was in on this. Fuckin mean as mix of two worlds colliding to make something explosive, I like it hardout. I think she needs to do a colab with Shapeshifter already. Cop the cut by registering with Rip It Up magazine & there's a Young Sid, Dane Rumble & P Money track free too.

THE LOCALS: Koru Licks - The Koru Licks EP

.....Now that you're all energetic & in music in-haling mode, check this new sly soundin slice of freshness from The Koru Licks with their debut self-titled EP described as.....

"A collection of tracks we made within the first few months of playing together as a band. It was recorded a while ago at The Kitchen Studios in Greenlane. A nice sampler of our sound that is going to evolve and grow with each new release."

I think it's a "sly sample" aka teaser of their sound. No doubt after listening from Intro to Outro your left wanting to here more from the band. Don't know why but the words Sly Jazz come to mind when saying what this sounds like. I mean from the band name & band members names like Truento, B Mynor, Miso Shiru, doesn't that sound pretty sly (my bad if I'm on my own buzz) not to mention their sound; Sly fusion of Jazz, soul, funk & young musical NZineering. I can picture the bro B Mynor n Truento with sly smiles randomly through live sets lol

Favourites would have to be One Take (with a nice upbeat bassline & Jennifer Zea!) & Riosynth (with Lisa Preston layin some hearty/mature vocals & solid switch up on the beat) The sound is cool & for the meantime (while we wait for more) just rotate this slice of vinyl viagra as the groove of The Koru Licks makes your head nod & get up to other sly activity.

It's mean as seeing homies your age that you know steppin onto the NZ Music scene, dope as (and gives us not down for town usually guys a chance to get outta the garage for a bit). Check the bros live @ Rakinos this Sunday

Ben Trinick - Drums
Abe Pai - Bass
B Mynor - Guitar / Keys
Truent - Turntable
Miso Shiru - MPC
Mikey Rockwell - Vocals / Percussion

Shout out to the Licks & big ups for the EP!

NZ Music.......The Real Shit.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

THE LOCALS: Koru Licks - Got That

Check out these tricky undercover dudes humbly droppin grooves round camp haha tricky trickstas. It's a lil bundle they got for you that's said to be "more in the direction of their 2nd EP". Nice groove brothers. Got That on some D'angelo type steez.

But anyway, I think these guys are gettin their sound established. That mellow tip with a rhythmic chicken love head nod, givin you enough love to hit up that chick across the room. I heard their EP is droppin soon, anytime soon, like real soon, just have a bucky, eat some Mangere Fried Chicken (see the Licks there sometimes haha), make love, wake up & it'll be up.

Home Brew, David Dallas & Other Good Shit!

Get down to the Funky-Watusi. Bet you can't wear a nintendo controller on the night. Free piss if you do, just ask David Dallas lol

In Further Brews News.........


            Looking at the plans, shits gonna be dope.
Watch $10, an extension lead skipping rope & noughts & crosses
                turn into somethin outta the barney bag

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Little Boy Waits - HOMEBREW Video Fundraiser

Last month Avondale's biggest selling boyband, Home Brew had their hopes of a music video grant for their song 'Underneath The Shade' crushed into tiny little pieces by the harsh hands of New Zealand On Air. However, like the brave solders they are, they swallowed their Boh Runga bitterness and began on a mission to independently raise the funds themselves.

They convinced local director Chris Graham (Trinity Roots' 'Little Things', and 'Sione's Wedding') to direct free of charge and then, after 17 hours of Chinese water torture, they convinced Auckland's best underground musicians to play free at a party on the 17th of April at Plaything Gallery

The event will be from 6pm to Midnight with DJ’s downstairs and live acts on the roof top. Alcohol will be cheap as piss and the venue is neck lev. (the old luggage dude who used to run it has gaped) So please come through, get blato, sing dance and canoodle and help these failing musicians make a video to make thriller look like poi e.

  Tickets available @ iticket, conch and beat merchants
(Cop one so you don't wait like the little boy)

Venue: Plaything Gallery (opposite The Kings Arms)
Address: 21 Dacre Street, Auckland
Time: 6pm - Midnight

In the true Keepin It Real tradition, they freestyled some work for you. cop it below you spoilt dudes!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Hollie Smith Tour!!!!!!!!!

I'm going, if you are, txt up lol I don't wanna drive. Hoping to get my picha that'll complete the 3 charmed ones haha

Cop her new album in stores NOW!

THE LOCALS: Team Dynamite - The Demo Tape

Finally! lol

If you don't know Team Dynamite, the Producer Haz' lets you know what they're like HERE

These guys know where to get the good beats!!!! So they just gotta lace it up with their style of lyricism which is chill most times but they can switch it up & VIBE ON!

It's really just that feel good music that you've been waiting on having to put up with Ludacris' shit with Justin Bieber and other shit 88.6 times a day! Goon, I mean Good music explains itself, so download & get lifted. It's got lyrics too, pretty dope! Always mean to see what the MC's actually on about lol

Produced By Haz'
Mixed By DJ Substance
Mastered By Mark Howden
Art work By Tawk GBAK


Serving Suggestion:
Have a brew (or few) & a bucky (or 2)


My $2 on that MTC stuff

This is just my $2 to this MTC shit going on about Derty Sesh's video & what MTC said etc. Take it how you want to. It's all my opinion aye, but I try to make an honest point in my musical opinions.

Well basically media & people hated on the video saying all this bad shit, flooding the media, giving MTC a negative shade. All this went on (which was going to happen) while no one spoke to the MTC Executive to get the MTC side of the story. Check what they had to say HERE

I just want to say that Media fuck shit's their Job (If they generate more (good or bad) from that one story, they've succeeded). They fact that they have power has been evident since way before my time & this rapid developement of new-age technology ain't helping us people at all to try and stop that. This video from Sesh was in reality far from promoting rape etc because it was a pretty weak horror & if it was promoting rape etc, it failed. The news & their rape stories promote that activity more than anything. But in saying all of that, if a label is going to bring out something like that, you gotta know something like this is going to happen & be prepared to take on everything fired at you. It shouldn't be a suprise or something amazing. Maybe MTC overlooked that, I don't know?

What I don't get is was why the MTC Executive went and wrote an essay on their blog destroying the media & addressing particular people (which fans of MTC & people prob didn't even know THAT much detail about) and sort of made it look like a sympathy plea. Using the 5th form repetition technique with "it's in the media, it must be true" is a bit old and because it's all on a blog I could say "It's from the Executive of MTC, it must be true" and because it was soooooo long & wordy leads to think "some of it is not true, just like the media" I mean people would do "a lot" to cover their side, it's human nature.

But what I HONESTLY think, is that this was a case of Commercial Media vs Commercial Music (Correct me if I'm wrong in saying MTC has done only commercial music lately). The Commercial Music scene has the most influence on society more than the REAL music and the Media will do anything to make a new story (which they did here) and the fact that it was Commercial Music related, benefited them and their goal of the story was met (look at the result) Got a few people saying shit lol

I LOVE NZ MUSIC (everyone that knows me knows that) and the one main reason why is that it is REAL (You can feel it when it's played). The notes, the lyrics, the style, the feel, the everything about it is honest and not to mention amazing sound. I also believe that if it's REAL music, the media won't touch you as much/ maybe not even at all nor will they talk negatively towards you because it's REAL and people, even the media respect the realness. I mean KORA, Ladi6, Julien Dyne & way more NZ artists are doing their thing in Europe & Asia (for sometime now) but the Media don't want to let you know that (Bastards)

Don't get me wrong, MTC have done great stuff. Brother being number 1, going SXSW etc but a lot of it was due to the commercialism of the music and that's cool (if status is what you want) but I hope MTC can bring back some good music but at the moment it's all too commercial for me. Commercial success generates money which comes from a commercial product, so they got an A+ for that. And don't say I'm just hatin on MTC blah blah blah bullshit cause I like Sid (the only one really), his past shit has showed him to be mean as & his Red bull Live Sessions but the stuff as of late ain't showing off that much.

Wouldn't you rather (as an "NZ" artist...(don't get confused with Amercian) be recognised (with less media but more mana) musically rather than fame? I would.

My point - Keep the music REAL homies.

NZ Represent! - Props to Ladi6 whos performing with Mos Def tonight!