Upper Hutt Posse are musical pioneers unrelenting in their momentum producing groove driven music with meaningful phraseology. Releasing this country's first rap song in 1988 and touring with impassioned performances that brought both notoriety and respect their unique fusion of rap and reggae (in both English and Māori languages) is an inspirational injection into the national music scene and a powerful vehicle for their revolutionary socio-political perspectives.
The new album “Declaration Of Resistance” fuses rap, reggae, funk, soul and rock, it follows an electronica dubstep-drumnbass album released a year prior. Not confined to any one style, or to how they create music, new musicians and personalities keep the lineup fluid yet solid, revolving around the central figures Te Kupu, who’s recently transformed to rhythm guitar-vocals and MC Wiya on bass-vocals.
"There are times when the band sound is huge, transcending all notion of genre, moving through Hiphop and Reggae, blasting out Kiwi-flavoured world music." - Simon Sweetman, The Dominion Post