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Rising Hip-Hop Stars Wrapped Up For Fringe

Rising Hip-Hop Stars Wrapped Up For Fringe

The New Zealand Fringe Festival 2010 kicks off in grand style with the return of Rappin' on the Fringe, bringing the best of the beats on the festival's opening night February 12.

The full noise at San Francisco Bath House will be delivered by a quality quartet featuring international ex-pat Kiwi Lucky Paul and the local triple-bill of Rap Authoritar, Tommy Ill and the Crackhouse 5 crew. Doors open 9pm 12 February and the event features drink specials and jelly shots to get the party started in a right royal fashion.

Lucky Paul has returned to New Zealand for a brief tour featuring the Parihaka Internaitonal Peace Festival, and has been making a career for himself in Germany – including busking on Berlin streets with the help of a car battery! His music is made with homemade synths and retro Casios and Yamahas for an 80s disco feel.

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Known for his rapid-style lyrical trickery, Rap Authoritar made a huge splash in 2009 as a finalist in the MTV 42 Below Unheard competition, making the top six from an initial entry pool of about 170 rising New Zealand acts.

His single Bok Choy was a big hit on alternative radio last year, coming from a self-released EP, and he has honed an electric live performance with brothers Matty and Eric Ultimate, formerly from Auckland-based rappers Coco Solid.

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Tommy Ill is one of New Zealand's most exciting hip-hop artists, with three EPs now under his belt. His inventive sample-laden beats and tongue-in-cheek lyrics have him marked for big things in the future of homegrown hip hop.

The Crackhouse 5 crew are mainstays of Wellington's alternative rap scene, having run their own night Crack Wednesday on a regular basis at Cuba Street's Mighty Mighty. Their irreverent style can loosely be described as Wellington's own version of the Beastie Boys.

They reckon they're pretty rad and who are we to disagree?

With all this and more, Rappin on the Fringe
is the big night out to kick off Fringe 2010 in divine style. Only a tenner on the door, hot rap lyrics to the fore with more core to make your body move on the floor. To miss out it be poor.

San Fran and Fringe 2010 present

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Rappin on the Fringe
Friday February 12 9pm
San Francisco Bath House, Cuba St
$10 on door


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