New Age rap outfit Third3ye are part of Young, Gifted and Broke, a music and arts collective that includes Average Rap Band, Esther Stephens and The Means, and Tourettes.
The group are made up of Angelo King, Melodownz and Basmatic.
Third3ye have recently added a third EP to their catalogue of organic, spiritually-minded rap music. It's called 3P.
It's an eight-track bundle recorded at the Buddha Shack, their former Avondale HQ that’s provided a tie-dyed backdrop to Third3ye's videos and press shots.
“The Buddha Shack is actually a space that was set up for my girl,” says Angelo. “She travelled through to India six years ago, came back and brought a whole lot of stuff back and started getting into Eastern philosophies and things – so she really heavily influenced my life.
“I moved in there before I met [Melodownz], so when we first connected that’s where we would catch up and that’s where we would write music and that’s where we were most inspired – and so it’s only natural that a lot of songs were created in a place that we felt was a neutral ground or a common ground for both of us.”
For Music 101, Third3ye join Sam Wicks in studio to perform two Buddha Shack-honed cuts and have a korero.
- Third3ye talk about the philosophies behind their debut album On3ness
- Inside the Young, Gifted & Broke artistic collective
Song: Feet 5, Old Soul
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording