Hip hop artist go­ing solo

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - CARLY THOMAS

Taipari Waaka is go­ing it alone, with his first solo EP re­lease com­ing out next month, but there are plenty of peo­ple who have his back.

Waaka has been plug­ging away on the Palmer­ston North mu­sic scene for many years, work­ing with the Lock­down 06 crew of rap­pers, mu­si­cians and DJs, help­ing out other artists in his record­ing stu­dio and men­tor­ing and DJing a weekly ra­dio slot on Ac­cess Manawatu.

He said while he has a solid crew around him, his solo project is more about him ac­cept­ing all the as­pects of who he is as an in­di­vid­ual artist.

‘‘I’ve been in lots of groups, which is great, but I have had to com­pro­mise my in­tegrity and vi­sion some­times. So this is the first time I have done ex­actly what I want, just how I want it.’’

Me, My Selfie and Ice is the name of the EP that will be re­leased on May 6 and Waaka said it has been four years in the mak­ing.

‘‘Lots of peo­ple la­bel me as a singer, or a rap­per, but those are just in­flu­ences that I have. I ac­tu­ally started in blues and as I grew I learnt the other stuff. They were like ex­tra in­stru­ments. So the sound on this is a lit­tle bit bi-po­lar be­cause my in­flu­ences are so vast.‘‘

Waaka will be do­ing a free, all ages video re­lease event at High­bury’s Legacy Church on April 14.

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Palmer­ston North mu­si­cian Taipari Waaka.

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