Introducing: BLKCITY

Coming off the huge success of their first 2 singles and music videos for "Funds pt. II" and"Flying" there has been a high demand for more music to be released from BLKCITY. The collective includes 5 of New Zealand's top African hip-hop artists in JessB, Raiza Biza, Abdul Kay, Blaze the Emperor & Mo Muse, whose collective level of talent has created a dynamic sound in the short time they've been making music together.
Aside from the great chemistry that all 5 artists show in their recent releases, the cultural impact of the BLKCITY is also huge, particularly regarding immigrant and African diaspora in New Zealand, both within the realm of the performing arts but also across the board. In 2020 African New Zealanders are an established part of New Zealand's cultural milieu with JessB taking out a MTV European Music Award for best NZ act, and "Stylebender" being a UFC world champion to name a couple of examples. As well as their cultural impact, BLKCITY will hope to impact New Zealand music just as much, helping to further expand on the very definition of NZ music. As it pertains to business, the collective goals and ambitions of BLKCITY are very high but achievable. Done right for example, a BLKCITY project hope that their music will be received well internationally. It's important that this calibre has global potential, and though they have great expectations to do well in NZ the BLKCITY have as much grass-root support early, to ensure these goals can be met.

Introducing: The Artists

Winner of the 2019 MTV European Music Awards for Best New Zealand Act, over the likes of other NZ legends such as Benee and Drax Project, JessB has quickly made her mark in New Zealand music. Her discography boasts well over 3 million streams, and collaborations with award winning artists such as Baker Boy, SWIDT, and more recently a live cover with GFlip on Triple J radio just to name a few. Along with her musical releases Jess has toured extensively across New Zealand and Australia performing in most of the big festivals in both nations in the past couple of years, garnering a huge trans-Tasman following as a result.The diverse range of festivals and events include Venice Biennale, Rhythm & Vines,Northern Bass, Auckland City Limits and Splendour in the Grass, Jess is stamping her authority as a powerful female rap artist, breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for other female musicians.

Raiza Biza
Heralded as the first African music artist in New Zealand to have his music crossover to a larger audience; Raiza's decade long legacy in NZ hip-hop is undeniable. As well as completing countless sold-out tours in NZ, Raiza success internationally is just as impressive. With a feature in the international platform 'Colors', His music has also been added in high rotation on Australian radio stations such as Triple J, Double J and RRR. He has also toured Australia, Europe and China on a number of occasions along with working on music with award-winning artists such as Oddisee, Sampa The Great, Black Milk, DJ Spinna, REMI, cementing Raiza's name as an NZ Hip Hop legend.

Mo Muse
2019 saw Mo Muse as the Winner of the NZ Vodafone Music Awards Pure Potential stage,the release of his critically acclaimed debut project "The First Generation LP", a feature on David Dallas' Redbull-backed "64 bars" project, and subsequently emerging as one of the most exciting upcoming talents in New Zealand Music. His debut NZ tour in 2019 also sold out 3 cities, and he’s been featured in every major music blog and news outlet in the country. The astonishing achievements in one year alone, coming from being a completely unknown artist has shown Mo's potential in becoming an important figure in the future of NZ hip hop.

Blaze the Emperor
Kiwi-Rwandan rapper Blaze the Emperor started making music in 2011 as part of Auckland hip hop collective, Beneath The Hype. He then embarked on a solo career collaborating with fellow Kiwi-Rwandan, Hamiltonian, and MC Raiza Biza and his AmmoNation collective. Blaze has toured New Zealand, Europe and China both as a solo act and as part of AmmoNation. He's released several singles, as well as a solo EP Western Heights, which came out in 2017, debuting at #1 on the iTunes hip hop album charts.

Abdul Kay
Abdul Kay emerged as the one of the most exciting young talents in the NZ hip-hop scene debuting as the first artist on the David Dallas curated Redbull-backed "64 Bars" series. The video went on to amass over 200,000 combined views across YouTube and all socials. With over 800,000+ streams on Spotify with just 3 official releases, Abdul has one of the most engaged audiences. With performances at Northern Bass, and a huge debut single, critics note Abdul's music to be "laced with confident flows, sharp rhymes and un-mistaken urgency", and one to watch out for in the future.

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