25 Jun 2016

Beats n Pieces

From RNZ Music, 3:10 pm on 25 June 2016
Beats n Pieces

Beats n Pieces Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King

From the humble origins of Anton Carter's sole swappa crate of records, Christchurch hip hop collective Beats'n'Pieces steadily established itself as a key player in the Aotearoa hip hop scene.

Combining his vinyl with fellow hip hop head Hamish Clark (Breaks Co-op) AKA Hame Hame, the duo established the long-running student radio show Beats 'n' Pieces on RDU 98.5FM and were promptly joined by DJs Ali (Alistair Toto) and Richie Broke. The group went onto record their own original material with support from community arts organisation, Pacific Underground, where the likes of a young Scribe and Ladi6 first stepped up to the mic.

In 1995 Beats'n'Pieces' first released their single, Worldwide,  a track which epitomised the urban sound and grooves of the time.

The trio went on to organise Aotearoa’s first hip hop summit in 2000, but haven’t been together since. Until 'Hotter Than A Meltdown' - a gig that reunited the crew with ex-Cantabrians Electric Wire Hustle and Ladi6.

Yadana Saw caught up with Beats n Pieces before soundcheck to find out what brought them back behind the decks.

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Music details

Artist: Beats n Pieces
Songs: Credentials, Lay Down Your Love
Composer: Beats n Pieces

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