How has blowing up affected your personal life? I mean can you walk around now freely or do peeps surround you wanting autographs?
I WALK AROUND FREELY ANYWAY & AM REALLY APPRECIATIVE OF MY FANS. PEOPLE STOP ME FOR PHOTOS AND AUTOGRAPHS, IT’S MY ONLY CHANCE TO GIVE BACK TO THEM.
Was hip-hop a big thing when you were a youngster in Christchurch? And how has your blowing up affected the hip-hop scene in Christchurch and New Zealand in general?
HIP-HOP WASN’T AS BIG AS IT IS NOW WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, BUT TO ME BACK THEN IT WAS EVERYTHING. MY SUCCESS HAS OPENED THE DOOR FOR EVERY STRUGGLING HIP-HOP ARTIST AND NOW THEY’RE ALL COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK, I LOVE IT!
When you were a regular on the NZ battle scene who did you see as the most dominant force in the scene? And what about nowadays?
EVERY “HOOD” HAS THEIR LOCAL CHAMP AND IN MY DAY MAREKO AND TYNA WERE THE MOST DOMINANT. NOWADAYS PEOPLE ARE COMING UP ALL THE TIME, LAST I HEARD CYPHANETIK & TORRETTS WERE ON TOP.
You�ve released your album and the masses embraced it. You’ve got your name out so now what’s next for the crusader?
LONGEVITY, JUST TO KEEP MAKING MUSIC AND BUILDING. I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY LUCKY TO BE DOING WHAT I’M DOING SO I’LL NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. ULTIMATELY, I WANT TO TAKE MY MUSIC TO THE WORLD.
You called your album the crusader and indeed you are a shining star for New Zealand hip-hop, what can you see happening in the future for new Zealand hip-hop?
NZ HIP-HOP JUST KEEPS GROWING, I CAN SEE NZ & OZ HIP-HOP MERGING INTO AUSTRALASIAN HIP-HOP AND ONCE THAT HAPPENS.WORLD DOMINATION.
Growing up who were your influences as mc and as a person?
AS AN MCEE – KRS ONE, NAS, PLANET ASIA, EAZY-E, GETO BOYS, PHIFE DAWG, TRIBE CALLED QUEST, CHUCK-D, COMMON, MOS DEF, TALIB KWELI, BLACK THOUGHT. AS A PERSON – MY MUM & DAD, MY BROTHERS & MY FRIENDS.
In your eyes what’s the biggest difference between Aussie hip-hop and NZ hip-hop? In crowds, battles etc.
VERY SIMILAR IN ALL ASPECTS – I SUPPOSE THE BIGGEST THING THAT SEPERATES US IS ACCENTS AND LOCAL SUPPORT. NZ LOCAL SUPPORT IS PHENOMENAL WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE CROSSED OVER TO MAINSTREAM RADIO.
On your album the crusader which song means the most to you on a personal basis?
DREAMING – BECAUSE IT IS MY STORY. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD GET THIS FAR, SO THAT SONG IS A PERSONAL ONE.
If people could only hear one of your songs which one would you want it to be? And why?
SCRIBE UNLTD – BECAUSE IT’S MY MISSION STATEMENT. IT’S ABOUT WHO I AM AND WHAT I STAND FOR AS A MCEE.
P-money is a dope producer no doubt, is their any other producers whom you particularly want to work with?
KANE WES, TIMBALAND, N.E.R.D, 9TH WONDER, JUS BLAZE, GROOVE ARMADA (HEY! THEY MAKE DOPE HIP-HOP BEATS) AND DJ PREMIERE
What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say.
Necro DOPE UNDERGROUND MC
Hip-hop 4 ELEMENTS
Caroline MY MAMA’S NAME
Diabolic WHAT DOES DIABOLIC MEAN? HE HE
Los Angeles BOOYAA TRIBE
People say that your background is half Samoan-half white, what is your background in full?
I AM SAMOAN, CHINESE & GERMAN
Any particular u.s mc’s you want to collab with? Also in the future who can you picture yourself collabing with?
WOULD LOVE TO COLLAB WITH BUSTA RHYMES, TALIB KWELI, JAY-Z, EMINEM, MOS DEF, AND COMMON. IN THE FUTURE – TALIB KWELI
What were you aiming to achieve with this album and what did you want people to take away from the album?
JUST TO GET MY ALBUM OUT WAS A MISSION ENOUGH! I GUESS I JUST WANTED TO MAKE AN ALBUM THAT I LIKED, I WASN’T TOO WORRIED ‘BOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THOUGHT.
Your first solo show sold out within 5 minutes of the doors opening, how did it feel when you hit the stage and the venue’s packed with peeps wanting to see you?
I WAS AMAZED AND OVERWHELMED BY THE SUPPORT, I FELT VERY ENCOURAGED BY THAT AND MOTIVATED TO KEEP GOING AND KEEP MAKING MUSIC.
Got any last shout-outs, people you want to thank or words of wisdom for the masses?
SHOUTS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME AND MY MUSIC – THE AUSSIE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY FOR MAKING ME FEEL WELCOME AND LETS KEEP HIP-HOP FROM THE HEART.
[alert type=blue ]This article was written for ozhiphop.com by contributor MC Switchblade. [/alert]
[alert type=white ]Ⓒ All Rights Reserved ozhiphop.com 2002 /// This article originally appeared here on the ozhiphop.com Forums [/alert]