Author(s): Gareth Shute
Winner of the Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture Award, 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Gareth Shute talks to the big names in this book about the history of hip hop, of what has become one of the biggest and most popular cultural movements in modern New Zealand. The first book to examine New Zealand's hip hop scene, Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa looks at the music's evolution, from its early roots with Upper Hutt Posse, through to MC OJ & Rhythm Slave and 3 The Hard Way in the early 1990s and Che Fu, King Kapisi, Scribe and Nesian Mystik in the present day. The book features interviews with these and other prominent musicians and discusses the journey New Zealand hip hop has taken to become the mainstream, popular art form it is today. Illustrated with stylish black and white photos, many of which have never been published before, this is a book all hip hop fans will want to own.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category 2005.
Gareth Shute was born in 1973 and grew up on Auckland's North Shore. A keen musician since a youngster, he developed his passion for the guitar and currently plays with local band Tokey Tones. Gareth has graduated with degrees in psychology and creative writing from Auckland University, where he also works as a tutor and librarian. He has written several articles for academic journals and New Zealand music magazines.