Newness: Pilots- Jay Knight x Diaz Grimm x Raiza Biza

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Tomorrow morning Wellington-based, Young Gifted and Broke producer, Jay Knight, will release his latest single ‘Pilots’ featuring Diaz Grimm and Raiza Biza. Having received a preview of the track, whendidyoufallinlovewithhiphop.com spoke to Raiza Biza about their production process at the Red Bull studio in Auckland, and the main point in the song, which is the message. In it, the three artists call on people to make better efforts to understand new implications surrounding the recent passing of the GCSB bill. In an effort to rark up everyone,  but particularly the youth,  they rap: “Maybe we should throw away the Key, before they throw away our future for a monetary thing. Maybe we should throw away the key, before they beat us to it, and they throw away we”. The sound and beat itself is in typical Jay Knight fashion — first-class. When talking to Raiza Biza he explains he was invited by Diaz and Jay to feature on the track and record at Red Bull. He says the GCSB was already an issue he’d been following, so naturally, he felt the urge to feature on-track. He said that being from Africa he knows first hand what it means to lose a ‘freedom’ as important as personal privacy. He feels that once it is gone, it is very hard to get back; therefore people need to appreciate it now.

“Too many believe that someone else will do something, well you are someone else. Well you are someone else” – Diaz on ‘Pilots’.

HH: What was the inspiration behind the track Pilots?

R: It was due to the climate around the time that the GCSB law was being passed. Diaz and Jay came to me with the track. Diaz had his verse and I had a listen. It was something that I had been following too so I decided to give my input. But I guess it was just something to get people talking about it and get the young people to perhaps look into it and see how it was going to affect them.

HH: So you recorded at Red Bull in Auckland?

R: This came about because Diaz had a relationship develop with someone at Red Bull and they’d organised for him to be able to use the studio; so it was a good experience in that sense… they just have top of the line everything; the best people behind the desks, so just pretty much, it’s as good as it can be.

HH: What the working relationship like between you and Diaz?

R: Well you know he’s a very creative guy and the way I like to make music is to bounce ideas back and forth until the concept is there and you know he was very prepared.  He had a vision for the track and he already had his part ready and made my job easy so he’s a great guy to work with and he’s a nice guy.

HH: And what are you hoping people receive from the song?

R: You know I just wanted something….just the act that shakes things up a little. I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion as far the law goes. But I think it’s something that people should be talking about and that’s something that Diaz brought up, you know, it’s just about getting people talking about it. I heard David Cunliffe saying today that if he got into government he would repeal that law and change it. So you know, those are things that people need to have opinions about.

HH: And what’s your main concern with the GCSB now it’s gone through as a New Zealand citizen?

R: Well you know being from Africa, I’ve seen countries, you know once you lose those basic freedoms — the freedom of privacy; being able to communicate with people without being scrutinised at every move, it’s really hard to get that back. I think people, sometimes when you have it, you take it for granted but…it’s an important thing so that’s the angle that I was looking at it at.

Interview: Jay Knight, Standing Bright In A Shadow

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At the beginning of New Zealand Music Month, Jay Knight released his first free EP titled E+M meaning Emotions + Motion. It features a track titled ‘Keller Helen’ for which he says only Diaz Grimm knows the meaning since he came up with it. For Jay, this May has been focussed heavily on pushing for votes to get that track to #1 on the theaudience.co.nz. The plan is to go to Australia with other featured rappers Diaz Grimm and Raiza Biza, as it is widely accepted Louie Knuxx can’t or shouldn’t re-enter New Zealand, so Jay’s busting his ass to get to Oz. It ‘s no wonder though – as soon as you hit play and the seconds tick over, ‘Keller Helen’ doesn’t fuck around. Whendidyoufallinlovewithhiphop is in full support of  some of Australasia’s hip hop underground crema making visuals for such a sexy beat.

However, with all this commotion over ‘Keller Helen’ and keeping it at #1 (where it now sits), Jay feels E+M – as an entire body of work may have fallen into the shadows. Possibly he’ll re-release it once his pockets ain’t empty no more, touch wood, and he’s on his way to Melbourne with Diaz and Raiza. Having  just hosted the Assembly with his mates, Tony Douglas, Spycc and INF, Tom Scott, Jane Deezy, Raiza Biza and Amara Fleur it’s safe to say the young prodigy is mastering the art of juggling. Let’s not forget, as well, entering the Super Brawl Invitational beat Battle at Sandwiches the previous week. Tom Scott in an earlier interview described Knight as, ’18 years old and hungry as shit, he influences and inspires me’. Check the interview below to see why he inspires us:  

 HH: You’re going for the $10,000 Audience grant, what are you hoping to do with the cash if you win?

J: The 10k from theaudience.co.nz is to fund the music video for the song (Keller Helens Ft. Raiza, Louie Knuxx & Diaz Grimm) we want to go over to Australia and film it there so that’s my plans. I think you get 6,000 for the video and 4,000 for recording. We’ll see!

HH: You have managed to keep up your #1 spot, are you feeling the love right now?

J: Yup definitely. It was a last-minute decision to go for it so I’m surprised it’s actually working out to be honest. I could lose that spot any-day so I’m still not expecting to much.

HH: Who came up with the idea for Assembly happened May 24th?

J: I came up with the idea to just throw all the biggest up and coming hip hop artists and a couple well-known faces together in one building. What’s dope about it is we are all a fan of each other and actively collaborate: YGB / AMMONATION / SWIDT / 7GANG.

HH: What were your visions of how the show would go?

J: Just for everyone around Wellington & New Zealand to take notice of the talent we really have.

HH: Was it a challenge to put such a strong line up together?

J: To be honest it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It was a joint venture between me and Lex Sim. Shout out to him, he put hard work in also.

“I guess I wanted to understand what I was listening too. Now it’s turned into an obsession of moving sound forward.”

HH: You are very young, does that at all affect you or cross your mind when you are producing at such a high level and standard?

J: Not particularly. I don’t think age has much to do with it, it’s just about what you’re exposed to.

HH: You have just released your E+M EP, what has the response been like so far?

J: It’s been pretty good, although I haven’t been able to promote it as much as I want because I have been trapped trying to get the $10,000 funding. I might re-release it.

HH: What does E+M stand for?

J: Emotive+Motion

HH: Do you have a favorite song on it, if so what?

J: Train Of Thought and Mind Control – they were both made in a weekend between Auckland & Hamilton. Fun times with Tony Douglas.

HH: What have you found most challenging about putting your EP together?

J: Myself finally coming to a finished product.

Assembly- ‘The New New Zealand Movement’

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Why wait for a promoter to ask if you want such a line up? Why not call up your mates and see if they’re down to party instead. Producer Jay Knight and event manager Lex Sim have done just that. Assembly is being labelled a ‘DIY’ initiative and is being held in New Zealand Music Month- perfect really. Sim says, “Jay makes music, knows some people and I’ve actually been to some parties, so it’s an alright team so far.” Now get ready for a New Zealand music name drop:

Raiza Biza, Diaz Grimm, Haz’ Beats, Tom Scott, Spycc & INF, Jane Deezy, Jay Knight, DJ Marek and Tony Douglas (CTFD).

Will all be playing at the San Francisco Bathhouse Friday May 24th. The plan is to party….And with this line up a party shall be had. Tickets are a mere $23 + Booking Fee and available at Under The Radar. Early bird specials have sold out. Don’t miss out. But if coin is still a problem you can share this post on Facebook with your mates and be into win a double pass. Not bad right?

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New: Jay Knight- Keller Helens (Feat. Raiza Biza x Diaz Grimm x Louie Knuxx)

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Jay Knight features some of the hottest emcees ‘Down Under’ has to offer right now. He brings us nothing short of sick production wise…Again! Do yourself a favour  press play:

Keller Helen is the second single off Knight’s forthcoming EP that will be released for free during New Zealand Music Month with a video to match.

For Keller Helen, Knight explains:

“What happened was, Raiza wrote a verse over the ‘Cats Like Fish’ beat for his Summer EP but it ended up in @Peace’s hands and on thier EP…So unfortunately for him I gave it to them. I made this beat around his verse, added Louie, then Diaz and called it Keller Helen after Diaz’s hook.” …If you want to know what Keller Helen is, he says, you will have to ask Diaz Grimm.