Hip-hop in New Zealand is known for its Pacific roots. But as immigration has diversified, so has the country’s music. Now there's a new wave of artists who have migrated from Africa and the Middle East. The result is an influx of sophisticated songs that are elevating New Zealand hip-hop and expanding its reach.
I interviewed and wrote about the artists who are making New Zealand's new wave of world-class hip hop, including Mzwètwo, Young Tapz, Times x Two and Raiza Biza.
I also made a playlist of the top songs, which accompanies the article.