Over the last two years, open-hearted Auckland hip-hop quartet Third3ye have established themselves as purveyors of some of the most engaging music to reach out from the forests, hills and shores of Aotearoa (New Zealand) in recent times.
Identifying as whānau, MC’s Melodownz, Angelo King, and beatmakers Toru and Ben Jamin” create indigo-tinged sound-worlds, which while informed by the golden glow of classic 90s hip-hop and the shimmering wonk of the modern beats scene, lyrically place a vital importance on philosophy, enlightenment and higher consciousness.
With the release of their debut album On3ness, Third3ye built upon the regional buzz they built off back of their Earth Raps and Ajna EPs, in the process captivating audiences across their home country. As testament to their quality of their work, they’ve seen steady support on underground radio nationwide, and appeared at loved summer festivals such as Laneways. Online and in print, Third3ye have been well received by The Red Bulletin, Concrete Jungle, Potholes In My Blog and The Corner.
Affiliated with artist collectives/programs Young, Gifted & Broke, Gvrden Gang, Red Bull Sound Select and Cosmic Compositions, as entertainers they’ve shared stages with international talents Flatbush Zombies, Azizi Gibson, Zeroh and Low Leaf. Through their music, interviews and korero with the audience, Third3ye use their platform to illustrate their belief in the interconnectivity of everything, while questioning social norms, reiterate the importance of free thought, and encourage listeners to craft their own worldviews. As an outgrowth of this, Third3ye act as ambassadors for RockEnrol, a crowd-fueled project designed to activate political power for young people in Aotearoa.
They’ve got microphone skills, infectious instrumentals, mana and a message. We haven’t seen a hip-hop collective, actually, scratch that, a hip-hop family like this in New Zealand for a long time. When they speak, people really listen.