darryl ‘dlt’ thompson, often called the ‘godfather’ of new zealand hip-hop was quick to the scene in the early 80s, cutting his teeth with now legendary crew upper hutt posse and releasing a swagger of hard-nosed and often controversial, politically driven songs that were engulfed in maori culture and musings. when the posse disbanded in the 90s, dlt went on to form dam native, who were just as visible, if not as successful as his original crew.
after a stint with joint forces, dlt went solo releasing one of the best singles in new zealand’s history, and certainly one of the best hip-hop songs of the mid 90s, the phenomenal ‘chains’ which featured ex-supergroove vocalist che fu. dlt has continued to be highly visible, through involvement with television, radio and his continueing music career, rnwhich has now broadened even further to encompass many elements of dance music.
picks in bold
- the true school
[1996 rca 74321393512]
- altruism [2000 bmg nz 74321806642]
- single of the year chainsrn
- songwriter of the year darren thompson, che ness, angus mcnoughton and kevin rangihunarn