NZ Hip Hop Stand Up is a new video series about New Zealand hip hop. Featuring Scribe, Ladi6, Church & AP and more, each episode features a different track from Aotearoa hip hop's 30-year history.
Starting in 1988 with ‘E Tū’ by Upper Hutt Posse and ending in 2019 with ‘Ready or Not’ by teen sensations Church & AP, we talk to all the major players involved in some of the most influential and loved tracks this country has ever produced.
They share the stories behind their songs, their life experiences and the positive effects hip hop has had in communities all around Aotearoa, which, in turn, created role models for many young New Zealanders searching for a culture that resonated with them.
Each episode features a different influential track, with artists of all generations discussing it’s importance and relevance to New Zealand and the landscape of NZ hip hop.
The series is directed by Chris Graham, who’s responsible for some of the most well-known and groundbreaking music videos in New Zealand, for artists like Scribe, King Kapisi, Dei Hamo, Smashproof and Home Brew.
NZ Hip Hop Stand Up was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.