22 July 2020 – 0 CommentsAll seven episodes of RNZ’s brand new web series NZ Hip Hop Stand Up will drop on RNZ’s website tomorrow (Thursday 23rd July). The series is an exploration of some of the greatest songs released over the 30-year history of hip hop music in Aotearoa.

Directed by Chris Graham, who made some of NZ’s most well-known and award-winning music videos for artists including ScribeKing Kapisi and Savage, each episode of NZ Hip Hop Stand Up showcases a significant song, with artists of all generations discussing its importance and relevance to New Zealand and NZ hip hop. To download assets for posting on social media, click here.

Starting in 1988 with E Tu by Upper Hutt Posse and ending in 2019 with Ready or Not by teen sensations Church & AP, the series talks to all of the major players involved in some of the most influential and loved tracks this country has ever produced.

NZ Hip Hop Stand Up is produced by The Down Low Concept, whose credits include 7 Days and Ru Ana Te Whenua: Alien Weaponry Shake Europe. Featured artists include King KapisiSheelahrocSisters UndergroundScribeSmashproof and Church & AP. Three of the biggest names in Aotearoa hip hop; Ladi6Scribe and King Kapisi acted as consultants on the series.

The series was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.