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Rideckulous presents: Fast Crew (New Zealand)

By rideckulous 14 July 2005 0

Date: Fri 12th Aug, 2005
Time: 10:00 pm
Venue: Toast Nightclub (above electric shadows)
City: Canberra
Cost: TBC

The Fast Crew are one of the hottest names in New Zealand hip hop and are bringing their dynamic live show to Canberra @ Toast Nightclub(above electric shadows) on the 12th of August.

After flipping the New Zealand hip hop scene on its head with their infectious hit singles ‘I Got’ , ‘It’s The Incredible’ and ‘Suburbia Streets’, Auckland outfit Fast Crew have scored nationwide acclaim with their eclectic debut album Set The Record Straight.

Already seasoned performers at events such as Big Day Out and the Aoteraora Hip Hop Summit, the popularity of ‘I Got’ and ‘It’s The Incredible’ saw the Fast Crew receive rapturous ovations at support gigs for international hip hop stars Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. More recently, the band joined US rap star Chingy on the nationwide Edgefest concerts.

Jerome Fortune, Kid Deft, d-arblo, Bex and DJ Alias — have come a long way since they formed in 1999. Fast Crew began playing live around Auckland, and with the music they were listening to at the time — Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakur, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Ohio Players — informing their unique sound, they rapidly built a serious and loyal following in underground hip hop circles.

Inevitably, this success led to mainstream exposure. Fast Crew’s debut single, ‘Mr Radio’, was released in 2002 and was soon on high rotate on radio and television, paving the way for its irresistible successor. ‘I Got’, released in May last year, was a Top 5 hit for the group and reached Gold status within weeks. Also reaching the Top 5 was the booming cut ‘It’s The Incredible’, unveiled last October as the lead-in single to their Top 20 Set The Record Straight album.

Jerome Fortune from the Fast Crew says: “I totally respect and appreciate the role that sampling has in hip hop music and in hip hop culture, Fast Crew just have a different approach that’s all,”

“We write songs more as a band would write a song, from the ground up rather than being bound by a sample, I prefer to work that way because you can put more into a song.” explains Jerome, “what I prefer to do with Fast Crew is to make what we do sound like authentic sampled hip hop music but without using samples.”

There’s a lot more to Fast Crew than initially meets the eye and in the hip hop realm they’re a band with real points of difference that deserve to be taken into account. “The main thing,” says Jerome, “is that we are musicians and we love music and we love writing songs — that’s what we’d like people to remember about us and respect us for.”

Catch the Fast Crew @ Toast Nightclub on the 12th of August for a great night of live international and local hip-hop.

2$ Scratchies

Live Acts:
Fast Crew (New Zealand) & Twin Tank

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