Tales from One­hunga

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

Hip-hop artists love to rep­re­sent their home­towns and two One­hunga rap­pers are no dif­fer­ent.

Daniel Latu (SPYCC) and Amon Tyson (INF) were born and raised in the sub­urb and still call it home to this day.

The pair have been nom­i­nated for the 2016 Voda­fone New Zealand Mu­sic Awards Crit­ics’ Choice Prize along­side Auck­land’s Scuba Diva and Dunedin’s Kane Strang.

The award has a fo­cus on upand-com­ing artists that could po­ten­tially work their way to win­ning a New Zealand Mu­sic Award.

Latu, 26, says his lyrics re­flect grow­ing up in One­hunga, a place he’s wit­nessed huge change. He re­mem­bers when the main street was pedes­trian only and had just two cafes.

‘‘Its cool be­cause a lot of peo­ple try avoid talk­ing about their own per­sonal sto­ries think­ing maybe it’s boring or peo­ple aren’t in­ter­ested,’’ the for­mer One­hunga High School stu­dent says.

‘‘But I feel like that’s the main thing that sets you apart, your story, be­cause you know it’s unique to you.

‘‘So that’s why I feel like we’re so proud of One­hunga be­cause not every­body can say they’re from One­hunga, not every­body can say they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced what we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced.’’

Both Latu and Tyson are part of One­hunga hip-hop col­lec­tive SWIDT (See What I Did There) that con­sists of six hip-hop artists who grew up in the area to­gether.

The name was orig­i­nally a say­ing the boys would tell each other when jok­ing around.

‘‘It sounded cool and we ran with it,’’ Tyson says

‘‘I feel like it em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing we rep­re­sent,’’ Latu says

‘‘As an art form it’s about mak­ing state­ments, I guess you could say we’re quite edgy and very up front.’’ Tyson says the group have a strong chem­istry as a re­sult of grow­ing up to­gether.

‘‘We say what­ever we want to each other, it’s al­ways laugh­ter or jokes, we’re never tak­ing ourselves too se­ri­ously.’’

Latu and Tyson are now work­ing on their own record to be re­leased next year. ‘‘The stuff we’ve been cre­at­ing for our al­bum, there’s just like this re­ally good feel­ing about it,’’ Latu says.

SPYCC and INF will per­form at the Crit­ics’ Choice Prize on Novem­ber 2 at the Tun­ing Fork out­side Vec­tor Arena.

The win­ner re­ceives an $8000 grant from NZ On Air.

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