The Boom Box Eulogy- Crates And Collabs


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The Boombox Eulogy is a hip hop production collective made up of Simon Townsend, Kriston Batistic and Josh Harvey.

Crates and Collabs is a 6 track E.P of Jazzy boom bap with a real nice local flavour. The album reminds me of nights at Khuja Lounge on Queen Street 10 years ago. Not saying their sound is outdated but the crew have found their sweet spott with their style of 90's inspired loungy, Jazz infused Boom Bap and are creating some superb music with it. MC Simba Diallo is the voice behind the crew. Simba an inspired lyrisist, brings some great performance heat to the project, lending the songs insight and swagger. 

Hazy Nights wins the "Hugest Hook" award with its Gang Vocals, Jazzy Motifs and swung out Hip Hop groove.

The song Born from a boombox reminded me of the hit song Groove is in the heart by swinging psychadelic freakazoidz Deee Lite with a similar Jazzy upbeat Hip-Hop energy and is the song that I could see myself freaking out on the dance floor to on a Friday night.

The songs Back to The Streets and Breathe bring a low down and dirty Gangster feel to the project, painting a picture of the streets, holding it down for the true heads out there. Although I thought Breathe had a bit of trouble with the mix and that odd timed sample kind of through me off a bit.

The whole album flows well and maintains it's upbeat atmosphere and your attention for a good 30 mins of jazzy dopeness.

I really enjoyed this album and I could picture it finding a home in hipster cafes on K Road and maybe your car stereo. It's definitely the kind of band you want to see live. The album accurately captures the huge energy coming from this talented collective and this project would be a happy companion to any respectable playlist.

Get your copy from Bandcamp now!





Louie Knuxx-Tiny Warm Hearts


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With a husky rapping voice reminiscent of 'The God Father' Louie Knuxx latest offering Tiny Warm Hearts is a collection of introspective and mellow songs mainly about relationships. I could describe them as love songs but I think that would be a stretch. Louie Knuxx keeps the raps slow paced and simplistic and the vibe of the whole album is rather low key. The album has a handful of collaborator's who lend the project a Polynesian flavor. The instrumentation has a strong Trap influence made apparent by the tempo synths and snare rolls. In moments like the chorus of Mercury Plaza the album also has a slight Indie vibe.

Someone covered from head to toe in tattoos has to maintain his tough guy image so probably isn't going to get too soppy with his "love songs" so initially there's not too much warmth in the lyrics of Tiny Warm Hearts until you get to the title track which is quite a touching and a true emotional "Love Song". There are definitely hints at a deeper emotional undercurrent in the rest of the album that become apparent on further listens.

The songs are well structured and nicely produced and the album flows quite well in pace and tempo. It's definitely more of a contemplative mood than a party album. Louie keeps his sound current with the Trap of YARP and the opening track Body would fit quite well on commercial radio.

On first listen I found it hard to get past the gangster-esk Americanised posturing present in Louie's voice, delivery and lyrics, which is how I often feel with NZ rappers. But once I got over myself, I began appreciating the album.

Louie Knuxx has been working on his craft for a considerable time and this is the second album he's released in the last couple of years. Tiny Warm Hearts reflects artistic mastery and is the kind of album that allows you to peel back layers of depth the more you listen to it.

Tiny Warm Hearts is available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.


Ill Semantics -Trillogy


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Formed in 1993, and hailing from Orakei, East Auckland, Patriarch, Nemesis and DJCXL are the legendary trio Ill Semantics.

After a 9 year hiatus Ill Semantics have released their third full length album Trillogy. The 20 plus years they've been developing their unique Kiwi Hip-Hop sound has really paid off. Culminating in an energetic album which is an aggressive, commercially viable and immaculately produced masterpiece.

Trillogy – a play on the phrase “trill” meaning both “true” and “real” features a barrage of guests veteran MC’s and rising stars, including Scribe, Mareko, K.One, Sikeone (The Doqument), Tyna, J.B, Nikki Montana, Madis, KD (Lost Tribe) Giant Killa, Sir T, Ashely Hughes, Flows (Foot Souljahs) and more.

This album is tasty, no doubt about it. Containing world class production and song writing with a distinct New Zealand sound that only a few NZ groups actually pull off well. The thing I notice is the blend of aggressive bars and commercial appeal, artfully balanced to entice a wide spectrum of the Hip-Hop community.

The first single from the album, Musik is a feel good song all about the love that one has for music and how music can be the one thing that keeps many people strong and blessed. Musik features the soulful vocals of Grace Ikenasio, a top 10 finalist in X Factor NZ season one, as well as veteran MC K.D (Kilo Delta), from pioneering Hip-Hop group The Lost Tribe.

The album contains 16 tracks that fit seamlessly together to give a high octane, energetic experience with immaculate rap flows and hooky choruses.

Ill Semantics have definitely put their best foot forward with this masterful offering which in my opinion is an instant New Zealand Hip-Hop classic.

Check out the music video for Musik by Ill Semantics.








Rising is the latest full length album from B2KDA Sound Machine. In a career spanning 12 years this interesting group of dedicated musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities have travelled the world playing their brand of high energy fusion music.

I've known about B2KDA for some time but I never connected with their music because of their strong Latin influences. Latin music is alien to me and I've always found it too "fruity" to be taken seriously.

But in this latest offering they have refocused their aim and in my opinion hit a direct bulls eye. I would even go as far as to say that Rising is a master piece.

On this album B2KDA have found a brilliant balance between complicated rhythmic and melodic  virtuosity and simplistic catchy song writing. This is very difficult to accomplish and these two musical approaches are seldom seen together these days, but B2KDA have found a formula where the two co- exist in exquisite harmony.

I was hearing similarities to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salmonella Dub, Six60, Fat Freddy's Drop, Kora, Jimi Hendrix, No Doubt, Santana, and elements of Pacific Urban/Hip Hop to culminate into what I can only describe as kick ass summer festival music.

B2KDA hit you with great song after great song on their new album. I listen to a lot of new music and review a lot of artists but seldom feel the level of inspiration I'm currently feeling from listening to Rising.  I'm feeling the singer who reminds me a little bit of Tiki Tane but without the faux Jamaican accent. There's nothing fancy about his singing voice but he connects to the listener and I find his vibe relatable. The dude has a descent rap flow too. A solid all rounder.

I found it quite funny that the last song on the album is the B2KDA Sound Machine I remember from the past, with the fast paced Latin music in a language I don’t speak. Almost as If they knew what I was thinking and put it in as a cheeky "Stuff You"

This music is too good to be ignored and I think B2KDA are going to do great things with this latest offering. The whole album is full of hits in my opinion. So I hope to be hearing these songs all over the radio in New Zealand. And If NZ radio is dumb enough to pass them over I have a strong feeling the rest of the world will be all over Rising by B2KDA Sound Machine.

Rising is available from all major online music stores. check it out you wont be disappointed.

Check out 'Same Old' by B2KDA Sound Machine.






Who is Reubz as a Hip-Hop artist?


I use Hip-Hop as an art of pure expression. Hip-Hop is a gateway where I can freely experiment with sound, lyrics and image and that is why I became hooked on it. I like to see myself as a creator over musician, I find the term ‘musician’ very limiting. Pretty much as an artist, I want to be someone who inspires others. Through Hip-Hop, I want to give something back to the world just like my idols gave to me.


When did you start and what inspired you to make music?


Michael Jackson was the catalyst for my love of music. To me, he is the definition of life. It wasn't really just his music.. it was everything. The dancing, the videos, the messages.. Everything he stood for influenced me and I began to experiment with creating my own sounds. I found a strong passion for writing lyrics, but I sucked at singing, it just didn't feel natural. I caught onto Hip-Hop when I was about 16 and became obsessed. I watched Nas, Kanye and Jay Z and these were just the coolest guys I had ever seen. I realized that rap was all about lyrics and image, so experimented with creating my own and for the first time I felt like I found something I wanted to do in my life. Since then I have been constantly studying the rap greats, their techniques, backgrounds, everything. I have a lot to learn but feel that I have got to a point where I can start to put my stuff out there.


How would you describe your music in one sentence?




What sets you apart from other acts/groups?


When I started out, I have to admit I mimicked a lot of my idols. But as I grew I came to discover my own sounds and beliefs, so I think just the fact that my music is a reflection of who I am is what sets my art apart from other acts.


Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?


 Hmmm.. “Gold” was the first rap I ever wrote so I´m proud of that and the message I put behind it, but I have a track I´m working on at the moment which is one I have sampled and produced called “lost boy” and I think this one will be my best yet, so you’ll have to wait and see ;)


Where do you come from or what part of NZ do you represent?


Born and raised in Wellington & currently flatting with two girls (dreams do come true haha) in Newtown ;)


Do you produce your own beats or do you use any particular beat maker?


I am starting to produce my own beats through sampling real old school R&B songs, trying to use traditional methods over the new computer generated beats. There are two really cool producers Ive found on soundcloud named Kev Brown & Lord slick though and I may use some of their instrumentals for future raps.



Whats your favorite and least favorite thing about Hip-Hop culture?


My favorite thing about Hip-Hop culture is that it teaches you to be proud of who you are. It give you strength, confidence & drive. My least favorite thing is lack of originality as a lot of rappers rap about the same thing, so it is really nice when you find something fresh and unique.


Tell us about your latest release.


My latest release is the official music video for my track “gold”. Im trying to build up a name so check It out :)



What advice would you like to give to other aspiring rappers/producers?


Turn dreams into reality, take risks, experiment, put your stuff out there and most importantly find your unique sound.



What can we expect to see from you over the next year?


I am currently working on a 5 track mixtape called “Class of 94”. Ill be publishing it on Datpiff in around 3 weeks time so stay tuned till then. Im also working on a second music video which should be released within the next month.


Check out Reubz brand new video for his song Gold.







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The Arcee L.P is the full length debut release from female rapper Rona Wignall aka Arcee. She describes her style as ''hiptronic'' - a mix of hip-hop and electronica and her album will be launched with a party at Fuel bar in Dunedin on Friday the 14th of August 2015.

The Arcee L.P is a follow up to her 2014 release The Cool Zone E.P and among new music contains all the songs from her E.P including the hot singles and videos Fake Bitch and Go Hard

2015 has seen a new batch of singles added to the mix to make up the full length L.P including the insanely catchy Pepsi and her single Rebound.

Rebound is a jazzy little number that carries the distinction of being picked out by a panel of industry experts for NZ On Air funding.

The L.P is produced by Darryl Matthew Suasua (Daz on the night shift at Flava) and he’s done an impressive job. 

Arcee who was born in Manchester takes inspiration from her Mancunian roots, the soul and style of Wellington, and the down and dirty "scarfie" sound to help mould her style. But It's Arcee's songwriting, pop sensibilities and hooky choruses that make her stand out from the bland and predictable and compliments Suasua's ultra contemporary beat making and production.

I've observed Arcee putting in the hard yards to build a solid fan base for her album debut. She's taken the time to build buzz and anticipation, stretching the release of the album's singles over a couple of years. This appears to have kept her busy with putting on video release parties and events to get her name out there. She's also been involved in battle rap events pitting her skills against other local rappers and has made a name for herself for being a pretty good Keyboard player as well.

Her image is refreshing, I would describe her as a classic "Tom Boy". She's being herself, not over relying on sex appeal like a lot of female artists, but relying more on her talent as a musician and rapper. She seems to have a down to earth "This is who I am" "take me or leave me" vibe about her which I, like many, find endearing and relateable.

With songs like Pepsi and Go Hard, that are made for the dance floor, this album has a really nice party vibe and more than a dash of "girl power'' and is an album I could picture the ladies playing up loud while getting ready for a night on the town.

I really think Arcee and all that contributed to the making of this album have done themselves proud.

You definitely need to get some Arcee in your life.


Check out Pepsi off of The Arcee L.P





Who is Bobby as a Hip-hop artist?

 As a hip hop artist I am someone with a different outlook on music. I tend to think of myself as being unique compared to everyone else. As a hip hop artist I find myself to be someone with a unique story because I have already seen a lot of things in my life. I have seen different religions with people from different parts of the world. All my artistic and creative ability’s come within my soul and is fully real and true to me.

When did you start and what inspired you to make music?

I started when I was only sixteen years old not knowing fully what hip hop was but the more I did it, progression started showing. What inspired me the most was the Jerk movement which is a dance and from there I started listening to trap music. 

How would you describe your music in one sentence?

Music from my mind, body and soul.

What sets you apart from other acts/groups?

What sets me apart from other people is my background and story I have. I like talking about being real a lot as well, because I feel that plays a huge part in everyone’s life. Especially knowing the people around you very well. 

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

The one song I am most proud of is called ‘Osiris’. I am very proud of this song because in my verse I talk about so many things that people are afraid or don’t really pay attention to. I talk about the problems that go on around the world and an insight of how I feel towards the world. 

Where do you come from or what part of NZ do you represent?

I come from Africa Sudan but I am mixed with my mom being from somewhere else. I came straight from Dubai to New Zealand. I represent Hamilton because this is the city I’ve lived in since I came to New Zealand. I feel like there is a lot of potential in Hamilton. 

Do you produce your own beats or do you use any particular beat maker?

I don’t produce my own beats but I have two particularly talented producers that I work with, who are also close friends of mine. Tony Douglas and Stuss.  

What’s your favourite and least favorite thing about Hip-Hop culture?

The most least favourite thing about the hiphop culture is some people thinking everyone has to be a gangster to be a hiphop artist. Times have changed and that’s not the case anymore. My favourite thing about the hip hop culture is evolution and the amount of people breaking boundaries in the game. A lot more people around the world are getting into hip hop music and the culture is growing in New Zealand.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release was my BSELF ep produced by Tony Douglas. BSELF basically means be yourself which is simple. It’s a five track EP and it’s my first full project I have released.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring rappers/producers?

The advice I would give all artists out there is don’t worry about what people say keep pushing in what you believe in. You will eventually get better at it. Be true to yourself while you do everything as well. Stay true to the people around you. 

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?

You can expect something different from the last project, again everything from my mind, body and soul. 


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Check out Bobbys Mix Tape BSELF






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T.13 aka Ryan Lovins is best known as one half of the Hip-Hop Group PHD, formerly known as Pot Heads. He's recently released his debut solo album Good Things Take Time.

His group PHD are in my opinion, the hardest working Hip-Hop group in New Zealand and over a career spanning 10 years they have released 10 albums. So you can imagine how fitting in a solo album in the midst of this work pace would be a challenge. The project took 5 years to complete and like the album title would suggest, it took time and it is definitely a good thing.

T.13 is a skilled lyricist and rapper and one hell of a songwriter. The 15 track album as you would expect, is similar in sound to PHD and features band mate Anime producer Zone One, and DJ Jimmy Handtrix who are all regulars on previous PHD releases.

The album has two singles Momentum and Falling In Reverse, that sport slick music videos and showcase T.13's natural charisma and ability as a performer. You only have to see T.13 perform live to see he's a showman through and through. His ability to connect with the audience with his music and his signature chant "New Zealand Hip-Hop" is unrivaled in the Auckland underground scene and has seen his group PHD open for the likes of Mobb Deep, Tech N9ne, RA The Rugged Man, Dizzee Rascal, Dead Prez, Lupe Fiasko and many more.

The album has a bunch of features on it with artists such as Teezee, Pakkz Tha General, Baliztik, Genocide, Lapse, and the track Blazing Trees features an impressive line up of local rappers  4sayken, Illa Myke, Tokie Konez, Anime, Lapse, LAZ, Teezee and True who together along with T.13 fall under the crew banner THC or The Hydra Collective.

I liked the darker more aggressive joints on the album like Demon In The Vapour which is a song about the evils of Meth and Fxck a Hook 2 which has a huge trap beat and some fantastic double time flows. This track goes off live and gets the crowd jumping.

You can buy hard copies of the album, downloads and T.13 merchandise from bandcamp and also check out the PHD website for some amazing free music opportunities.


Check out the music video for Momentum 


Check out the music video for Falling In Reverse




I caught up with Tihei Harawera on the PTG Code radio show on Rep FM where we both were guests. He had a CD he was selling for $10, so I asked him If I could have one to review. I'd seen Tihei a couple weeks before at a Cypher evening at Ironbar on Karangahape Road and heard his freestyling. That night on the PTG Code radio show hosted by rapper Pakkz Tha General he freestyled for over half an hour. Tihei who is the son of ex Mana party leader Honi Harawera has a love for freestyle that is insatiable. He will ask for a subject then incorporate the subject into his freestyles. The guy can go for ever. In fact you may have to pay him to stop. You might catch Tihei in Auckland City or at the Otara markets busking and selling his CD titled Tihei 'For the fans'.


I checked out this 6 track EP, which has an old school feel to it. It reminded me of golden era Hip-Hop like LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakem and Tribe Called Quest. The tracks 'Thinking of a plan' and 'Interlude' have a Jazz infused loungy feel reminiscent of Tribe Called Quest. Track number 2 titled 'Southside' is more modern sounding however and is a little more hard edged than the rest of the EP and for me was the stand out track. The song 'Love' had a really nice hook on it too.


You wont find any tech raps, tongue twisters or multi packed rhyming on this release. Tiheis raps are simplistic but he uses what he has to full effect and his flows are on point.  Tihei raps in an American accent which is always a point of contention with critics. Although he does make a lot of references about New Zealand and where he's from. His guest MC's Lil Steve, Odee1 and Lacroix however rap in their own accents which kind of makes Tiheis use of an American accent stand out more.


Tihei's subject matter is about keeping it real. His love for South Auckland and its area codes. His achievements of opening for Afrika Bambata, studying at MAINZ, and his haters and fans. The production of the EP is on point and the bottom end has a nice punch to it. The Beats compliments of Selecta Kram are skillfully crafted and really make this EP what it is. The 6 songs go together nicely and over all this was a good listen. I left it in my car stereo for the day and listened to it several times in a row.


Tihei is a likeable character, humble and down to earth and he works very hard at his craft. His rapping and freestyling abilities are undeniable and I'd have to say he's one of the best freestyle MC's I've ever heard.  So If you see Tehei busking and you get an opportunity to pick up 'For the fans' then do it because it's definitely worth the $10.


Check out the music video for 'Thinking of a plan' off of 'For The Fans' by Tihei.





Today on ‘The Rap It Up’ blog I interview Rahul Mukund one of New Zealand’s most notorious battle MC’s. Rahul aka XCeeD is a kind of "super villain", if you will, of the 1 outs battle league. Famous for crossing lines no sane man would dare to cross and most notorious for stepping on the Samoan flag in a battle with a big Samoan battle M.C named Krude.

XCeeD who has been involved in physical altercations with offended opponents before has been in the spotlight again for touching on an extremely sensitive subject of the unfortunate death of a fellow rappers twin babies. The ability to offend hardened battle rappers is a feat in its self but this particular “personal” at The '1 Outs' 'Face The Hate Two' event hit such a raw nerve with the crowd of fans, that he was attacked shortly afterwards by enraged punters.

XCeeD is from Aucklands suburb of Mount Roskil and is of Indian descent. He is one of the more active MC’s in New Zealand and the gutsy but slightly built rapper is known for putting himself in the most precarious and dangerous situations for his art with battle lyrics packed to the brim with acidic witt and cutting personals. 

I wanted to find out more about XCeeD, his side of the story and find out what else he’s got in store for New Zealand Hip-Hop.


Tell us about the music you're working on?

Whats up? The music I am working on is mainly all singles. I have an array of records for all kinds of people from the mainstream to the underground and right in the middle where people from all parts can actually have some relation.  Ideally each record that I have made so far has been more for the mainstream audience. Albeit I would never lose touch with the underground roots and hence why my latest single "Follow You" depicts a far more somber and restrained beat where I could just let go. The idea for that song was a relationship that ended sourly. I wanted to take the perspective of an ex boyfriend who turned into a stalker and could not let go of his ex girlfriend. In contrary I have songs which are about relationships such as ‘Poison Arrow’ and further unreleased material (which may not see the light of day) where I felt I had to write about anyone out there who felt they were in a bad relationship. I used my own personal experiences and stretched ideas in contrast to make the listener feel like he/she was in the passenger seat listening to a real life experience where they also could relate. 

Do you produce your own beats or do you use any particular beat maker? 

When you ask me If I produce beats? Yes I Produce beats I take what I have hummed or recorded on my phone and play this entirely back to my amazing set of engineers who bring everything to life. So technically yes I am producing but I am not behind the boards as such. I prefer to use classic instruments and avoid sampling as much as I can. I call myself organic.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of and why? 

There are a few songs I am proud of. I think my main single which I am promoting right now ‘Poison Arrow’ would be one. It mixes truth and also fantasy in a way I felt I executed perfectly. There are songs that no one has heard yet that I feel would top that. The reason being, its all life experience. I feel relationships with any human is something anyone can relate to and how you feel in that particular time frame. Each song for me is like a book, once read its either recommended or not. And with 'Poison Arrow' I felt I could pen my feelings through anyones relationship and people could relate to it. All relationships sell. Its something most common to all. The other song which has not been released titled 'Weight Of the World' was another song which I felt I could relate to myself after writing to it and ‘Magical Reality’. I just wrote about the frustration of procrastination, the idea of feeling like you are somebody but yet you are nobody. being a tear drop in an ocean of Hip-Hop. 

Ideally each song I write I want to inspire people who feel there is no escape from this concrete reality society sets us. Relationships, heartbreak, lies, deceit, anger, seeing whack as fuck rappers on TV hearing them on radio and you know yourself you are better. Resonating with them. The boiling fucking pain you feel when you know each record you make needs to break. 

How does XCeeD as a recording artist differ from your battle rap persona? 

HAHAHAHA great question. 

I feel that my motivation right now is in music. I took a break from battling as the scene in NZ is pretty pathetic but hey look everyone has an opinion and no one needs to agree with me on it. There is a huge huge difference which I also battle with while making records and battling as such. When I used to battle (also coming from my recent battle) I couldn't give a fuck who I offend and its a battle. Names are used, personals are used. Win or lose its something that I will always take. But the thing is I never lose as there is always a lesson learned in everything. My objective in battle rap is obviously like any other battle emcee- to destroy your opponent and say the worst thing possible and its not just shock value for me. What I feel like saying I shall and will say and stand by my words in that ring. But battles only appeal to a certain target market compared to say song writing and making music. I think the transition of doing both is like an author writing Horrorcore books and kids novels. You are comparing an apple to an orange. Music pays, (but nowadays battles pay too) When I make records, I aim for the main audience who don't watch battles and fuck with music. Who want to just escape reality for that split second or minute and feel that someone out there is making music which resonates with them. Not everyone can relate to battle rap. But Battle rap is such that its a quick means of getting exposure if you are dope. When I step into the ring I want to pack my multis punches 2-4-6 bar set up as much as I can. When I Song write i want to make it as easy for the listener depending on who I am targeting. A underground ‘head’ doesn't wanna fuck with a song about a relationship and wants to hear 'bars' where I want to pack it up per beat. Then I have songs where I want to reach out to an audience adding bridges and hooks to raise the roof and be completely different to any emcee that makes music in this country. 

Hope that answers your question.

What sets XCeeD apart from other New Zealand battle rappers? 

I have no feelings and i don't give a fuck. I would say much more but I would rather refrain. But people are doing their thing. Love me or hate me. Say what you want about me. But my numbers will never lie. And for the delusional minds that say 'battle rap is not about views' then please stick your head up your ass and don't bother getting on social media sites promoting your battle. Being the 2nd most viewed battle rapper in the country apart from others says a lot. I respect a lot of the new emcees. The people who I have lost to as well. It’s a real learning curve. There are some real hot emcees out there who drop some absolute gems which I feel don't carry weight (which i wish they did) But somehow I push through. Battles now are like an entertainment channel. People want to see who and what you are. Its almost a character you take home or become a house hold name. The amount of times I have been overwhelmed by people asking me for photos and things is a fantastic feeling which not many can experience. I think being the most hated has its benefits. I think NZ is very primitive in their battle leagues and I don't see myself succumbing to that level ever again. Its a sad thing. But i think my view counts should last me for a while and I only wish for the best, to be the best and my persona is like no other. I definitely think I got my popularity from NZ battles in the first place. I feel like Onyx from Pokemon.

Were you expecting the reaction you got from the “dead babies” line?

Funny you ask me that. I feel that line would sink in perfectly with my round 2 but expected that rough reaction. The sad part is, It was such a huge reaction it fully threw me off  for my following lines. I feel I smoked round 1 and had MSHN easy as hell in round 1 (due to his stumbling and lack of punches) But karma came to get me in that Round 2. That bar was so heavy that people were like "WHAT THE FUCK DID HE JUST SAY???" and that just threw me off so so heavily. I saw faggots like Rizz Kidd trying to edge me on. That threw me off completely and I lost all train of thought and he just WENT INNNN. Which I don't blame him. He saw it as an entire ROUND 2 of a choke and said ‘”fuck this is mine" which is human nature and I would do the Same. So no matter what I would say from that point I think I copped the automatic L. But this is what I mean. USA doesn't ask Iraq what weapons to deploy in a War. Of course in my right mind I would never say anything off the battle scene. I am cool with Mike. But I don't think after this he would be and I couldn't care less. The idea was to shock and make sense as it was a round 2 line. But if someone said  something along the lines of 'XCeeD this or XCeeD that" the crowd would inflate with cheers and If i did the same thing it turns into 'fuck this and fuck him' so I feel NZ is quite bias and if people disagree I couldn't care less. I have put in work and done my deeds.  Long story short I expected that reaction but not the fucking rubbish that ensued after.

What are your future plans for battle rap? 

I think you will just have to wait and see. I Will not say anything. Music wise? Keep going till something happens.

What's your favourite and least favourite thing about Hip-Hop culture?

Favourite thing about Hip-Hop? … Its rap I love rap like anything. Its an escape from reality and keeps me sane on those insane days and without it, I would be playing cricket for some indian cricket club or being an economist for some shit house firm.

Least favourite thing? 

DND and Dontel. (2 pathetic Emcees of this country HAHA) Garbage music.


Check Out XCeeDs infamous battle with Krude.


Check Out behind the scenes footage of the single and video 'Poison Arrow' by XCeeD

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 Follow XCeeD on Soundcloud