David Dallas: New Zealand Hip-Hop? Yes or No?

by Yvette Travillian


The Couch Sessions has touched on some of the  hotness coming out of New Zealand (Fat Freddy’s Drop and Electric Wire Hustle), but when it comes to hip hop  there is still somewhat of a stigma out on the blogospere on whether the sounds from down under are hot or not (and I’m still trying to figure it out myself). However, I came across this little gem that I think is worth sharing.

David Dallas’ “Big Time” definitely goes against the stereotype. The song has a dope beat- he has a nice flow, germane lyrics and a cool video to accompany it. Apparently this was kind of blowing up on the low in New Zealand this past summer, and if you look him up he has a pretty extensive music resume. However, after checking out a few of his other songs none impressed me as much as Big Time did -but I would definitely recommend that you check him out and see for yourself.

Regardless if you like it or not hip hop’s influence is everywhere and we are only going to see more of it as this new decade progresses. Peep and share your thoughts.

  • Onthebuzz

    Its all about the beat on this and the flow not bad by David Dallas as said.

    New Zealand is definitely a hotbed of music and ones to watch with artists like Ladi6, Julien Dyne, Fat Freddy Drop etc.

    Nicely written article Yvette on a Newer.

  • Yvette Travillian

    Ladi6 and Julien Dyne-cheking them out now. Thanks

  • Krushae

    David Dallas is my favorite out of New Zealand. Hey Bro from his Something Awesome ep is nice also. Check out Scribe’s Rymebook too. Ladi 6 is a must hear (I love Walk Right Up and Dark Brown from her Time Is Not Much album) and Opensouls can sound like a Motown throwback at times (listen to Hold You Close). Nice article and D dot is a great artist to write about.

  • Lani

    Hey, nice looking out! Yup, David Dallas is definitely world class, love his music!

    It’s cool to see that he’s getting overseas love too, from sites like the smoking section etc. but also, Kanye West loves Big Time too!!