Taco Phillips presents an evening of Hip Hop at Porridge Watson with Church & AP, Bad Taste, and 3Chains + DJ Shady Lady.
Church & AP
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Aotearoa’s rich and vibrant music scene, Church & AP have taken the industry by storm. The single ‘Ready or Not’ continues to do damage on streaming platforms and radio, making its way from heavy rotate on NZ’s biggest hip-hop and R’n’B station Mai FM to the UK’s famed BBC Radio 1xtra via tastemaking radio presenter and DJ Jamz Supernova.
Ready or Not has now streamed over 8 million times. The meteoric success of ‘Ready or Not’ followed the release of Church & AP’s debut EP THOROUGH BREAD, which tastemaker blog Sniffers describes as “an authentically Auckland observation of young Kiwi culture” and “right on the money”
They then released the critically acclaimed TEETH with very successful singles Dandelion and Roulette being supported by MaiFM and Flava and the album streaming over 1 million so far. At just 19 and 20 years of age, and staunchly independent, Church & AP have the world at their feet.
The pair came together as a duo through taking part in local community hall music programs in Auckland’s Mount Roskill and Te Atatu, under the watchful eye of fellow Kiwi hip-hop artists such as Melodownz and Tom Scott and local producer Iron Will. From there, the duo’s distinctive and self-assured blend of southern/UK rap fused with grime has done all the talking, with songs such as their social media hit ‘Introvert’ winning over fans from the ground up. Church’s video performance on David Dallas’ famed Red Bull’s 64 Bar Series; coupled with their killer set at this year’s The Others Way festival, Northern Bass as well opening slots for Saba and Genesis Owusu only served to build the hype. They sold out their debut headline show in Auckland, played in the United Kingdom, a nationwide headlining tour and every summer music festival culminating in the sold out SIX60 show at Western Springs
And Church & AP haven’t failed to deliver yet – the next chapter has them in their own studio and back in the community making amazing music.
Bad Taste is Aotearoa's freshest hip hop super-duo, masterminded by turntable wizard Alphabethead and veteran lyricist Young Gho$t. The two began working together in 2020, brought together by their shared passion for dusty rhythms and witty wordplay. After months of throwing around ideas and having head-to-head MC vs DJ jams the pair realized what they had was even greater than the sum of its parts, and got to work compiling the fruits of their labour into an album. Since their inception, the pair have played three shows in their hometown of Pōneke, and had their music beamed through radios across their country. In 2022 they're embarking on a nationwide quest to gather sounds and lyrical concepts to render down into Bad Taste II!
After 5 long years the musical vampire #3chainz&ataonga has finally re-emerged from his hibernation of beats, rhymes, and life, to bring you the exciting new world of the WETAverse! Blending hip-hop, jazz, RnB, and soul, live loops, and a “free” approach to the material (with a good dollop of off-the-cuff comedy on the side), not one show will ever be like the last! Ever! So step inside the mind of this mad producer if you dare, and rock from the top of the river to the OC with the #3chainz live band v2.0, featuring the improvisational stylings of local jazz-fusion ensemble, Fat Albert Rotunda, plus 2 of Whanganui’s most lyrical MCs, Chey Diaz and Ezra “da waha” Macintosh. #3Chainz promises a spiritual vibe, the tastiest grooves, and lots of great moments to hold hands with your homies!!