Hip hop has come a long way. From the heydays of block parties in the Bronx, the culture of hip hop has spread fast to the rest of the world. While many hip hop fans in the States are drooling over the latest 2 Chainz song, some of the biggest and most passionate hip hoppers are located outside of its home country. One example is New Zealand. New Zealand may be on the opposite corner of the world but hip hop is live and well. Despite the distance, Karoline Tamati, better known as Ladi6, brings a new voice to the world of hip hop that lacks many females. Often referred to as “New Zealand’s answer to Erykah Badu,” Ladi6 is honored but is on a mission to distinguish herself.
This past week, her latest album, “Automatic” was released worldwide. With the big task of following up on the certified platinum record “Liberation Of…,” Ladi6 recruited Waajeed of Slum Village/Platinum Pied Pipers-fame to co-produce the album with Ladi6 member, Parks. The result is 11 tracks that you’ll yearn to listen from start to finish, over and over again. From her early years in hip hop to her most recent maturation, Ladi6 sat down with us to share her intimate and honest stories and thoughts behind her music.