You have to hear The Mank!


Moving To Australias Sunshine coast from Auckland New Zealand Jonny Bundellu who is the main man behind the 5 piece crew The Mank has gone from strength to strength in a long and fruitful music career.

Setting up Mank Industries a production suit and Record Label with a stunning recording studio in the middle of nature, Jonny aka Mr Boinkin has been going to town with music collaborations and projects incorporating Funky downbeat Jazz/Dub/Soul/Electronic/Hip-hop that hits their crowds with filthy beats, cutting grooves and a truly unique sound that appeals to lovers of a variety of genres.

As long as I´ve known Jonny he´s been searching for originality and the highest sound quality in his music and I do believe he´s struck pay dirt.

So please take my highest and sincerest recommendation and check out the latest music from The Mank on this very sexy looking website


And if per chance you happen to be in the Sunshine Coast check out The Mank performing live.


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The brilliance of The Robba


Imagine an artist who writes the songs plays all the instruments, records and produces the recordings then shoots and edits the music videos to the songs. Not to mention staring in the music videos as well. Its almost inconcievable that such an artist could exist. But he does and his name is The Robba.

New Zealand musician The Robba born Robert Harris creates what he describes as open minded multi genre music. He has Two full length albums that he´s released independently and of course designed cover art work for. Available here. 

Clever internet marketing and a slew of fantastic music videos has seen The Robba sporn a legion of internet fans. The Robbas youtube channel has had well over one million views with one music video alone recieving over 200,000 hits and his pages filled with approving messages from his adoring fans.

Long hair, electric guitars, synths and electronic beats are some of the elements that make up The Robba's sound and image as well as a colourful and distinctly New Zealand rapping style.


The Robba is deap underground music for the descerning. Soooooo............


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'The Home Brew Crew' Should Be Famous!


Has, Lui and Tom make up 'The Home Brew Crew' straight out of Avondale Auckland New Zealand. Their music is made up of classic Jazz samples topped with witty sarcasm and cynical but comedic lyrics.

I’m stoked I found them. I can’t believe I didn’t find them earlier. The reason why I like them is simple. They sound good and they made me pay attention. I downloaded their ‘Taste Test’ EP sampler off of their website for $1. I would have paid more but I don’t have a job and I’ve got no money. But hey you can buy it too if you heed my most earnest recommendation…..right here

I’m listening to the 'Taste Test' sampler now. My favourite songs are ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and ‘Bad Bad Whiskey’. It’s easy breezy music with references to things that I relate to all the way through every song. They have a genuine down to earth no bullshit no frills approach to Hip Hop which gives them a refreshing realness.

They once played at ´The Big Day Out’ and opened for ‘RZA’ and were also nominated for the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards Critics Choice. They also have a slew of albums and releases available on their extremely entertaining website.

Check it out here

Also check out their NZ On Air funded video for 'Underneath The Shade' produced by the prodigious Chris Graham.


To sum it up these guys are the Shit and should be famous.




Poor angry white trash relating to ghetto life and making it in Hip Hop is still a rare story but one that is becoming more and more familiar as the influence of Hip Hop spreads through the white population. The latest of this rare bread is Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf.

Currently signed to Shady Records, Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records. Atha was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and is of mixed Caucasian and Cherokee descent. Changing many schools, he was heavily influenced by the culture in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Antioch, Tennessee; Gainesville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. "When I lived in Antioch, they’d bus us down to the projects in Nashville to go to school and everything just started clicking with me with rap music and in life"..."I felt the connection, these kids had the same problems that I had at home," Atha stated.

He also states that his inspiration to break into hip-hop was OutKast’s André 3000.

His music is dirty south influenced and his image is rather unique. A Punk Rock white boy with Hip Hop swagger. A self described skater and drinker with a body covered in tattoos.

 Yelawolf has announced that he will release his upcoming full-length studio album, Radioactive, on October 25th, 2011, via Ghet-O-Vision/Shady Records/DGC/Interscope.

"Radioactive is the fall out of my life's inspirations, a testament to my ability to survive it all and to tell the story," said Yelawolf. "Sometimes I want to party, sometimes I want to fight and sometimes I want to cry. I'm human and this album is as honest as it gets."

Check out The first single from Radioactive, "Hard White (Up In The Club)," featuring Lil Jon and produced by Hydrox below.


Asher Roth The new Eminem?


New Kid on the block Asher Roth is a name that hasn´t made it to the far stretches of the globe just yet. But since I´m writing about him now maybe his influence is beginning to stretch further through the Hip-Hop cosmos.

Asher Roth is a white rapper from the suburbs of Morrisville a small town close to Philadelphia. Often compared to Eminem Roths differences are more polarising than his similarities to the American rapper and Hip Hop Moguel. Roth has a refreshing approach to Hip Hop. He is happy to be himself and hasn´t addopted stereo typical Hip Hop posturing. Instead Roth appears as he is. A white middle class college student from white suburbia.

Asher has stated that:

"I was always from the outside looking in," says Roth. "Hip-hop has always been very influential in the ‘burbs, [but] it’s just a matter of where we could relate to it. You find a lot of kids that are really confused. You look at them and they’re dressed out of character. They don’t look right. I figured out, I don’t have to dress this way, but I can still love hip-hop." 

Upon graduation, Roth entered West Chester University and became an Elementary Education major, while continuing to record verses over other peoples’ beats. During sophomore year, Roth posted some of his verses on his MySpace page and sent a Friend Request to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter and former VP of Marketing for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def. One week after speaking to Braun, Roth flew down to Atlanta and was immediately signed by Braun, who subsequently became his manager.

Asher Roth cites Jay-Z and Eminem among his influences in hip hop, mostly by Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life".

Roth's lyrics characteristically center around what have been called "middle-class minutiae, some also consider them to be a joke."Roth's song "I Love College" is about partying with alcohol and marijuana, but includes fatuous lyrics such as "I can get pizza a dollar a slice"that have been identified as "far from threatening".


Although undeniably refreshing in approach. I think Asher Roths rap style is very basic and centered around a catchy hook rather than linguistic acrobatics like Eminem. He is definitely listenable but as far as being lyrical ear candy I think he has a lot to be desired. In short is he the new Eminem?......MMmmmmmmmmmmmm Nah!


Check out Asher Roths video for "I Love College"


Nate Dogg Passes Away At Age Of 41


Legendary R&B singer and former Death Row recording artist Nathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg passed away last night at the age of 41, according to his family. The news was broken by the Long Beach, California, publication the Press-Telegram and as of right now the cause of death is still unknown.

Nate Dogg battled health problems in the past including strokes in 2007 and 2008, but news of NATE’S death still took the music community by storm. Dave Chapelle wrote, “Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed, G Funk Era forever.”

Nate’s friend Snoop Dogg seemed to take the news especially hard writing, “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met....


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    Acclaimed South Auckland Hip-Hop stars Tyree, Young Sid and Deach burst on the scene in 2005 as Smashproof when they featured in the explosive Juse debut single Ride Til' I Die.
    Smashproof have re-united after a hiatus while Tyree and Young Sid pushed their solo careers to put together their debut album, which is ready to drop in the next couple of days.
    Their first single Brother, featuring New Zealand songstress Gin Wigmore has been at the top of the charts for 5 weeks, proving that Smashproof are the new Kings of NZ Hip Hop.
    Smashproof have hit on a winning formula...