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Mr Sicc

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | SELF

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | SELF
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"Rough Diamond"

A few years ago the reputation of South Auckland's streets, and the teenagers who roamed them was at its lowest, with young gangs adopting a culture many feared was bringing the worst of American street gangs to New Zealand.

We meet one of the men who was in the thick of that culture, and discover a boy from the hood, now trying to make good - through music.

Mr Sicc's a "realist MC" from Otara, who's now playing to an international audience. - 20/20


"Rough Diamond"

A few years ago the reputation of South Auckland's streets, and the teenagers who roamed them was at its lowest, with young gangs adopting a culture many feared was bringing the worst of American street gangs to New Zealand.

We meet one of the men who was in the thick of that culture, and discover a boy from the hood, now trying to make good - through music.

Mr Sicc's a "realist MC" from Otara, who's now playing to an international audience. - 20/20


Discography

Releases:

Mr Sicc – “The Fleamarket” (2006) – single: "Ear To The Street"
Mr Sicc – “Ear To The Street” (video – 2006)
Mr Sicc – “Home Invasion” (2007) – single - "I'm So In Love [With My Neighborhood]"
Mr Sicc Presents: J-Dubb – “Old Skool Machete Funk” (2008)
Mr Sicc - "On Deadly Grounds" (Mix Tape) (2010) free download at: http://www.statehouserec.com
Mr Sicc - "I Don't Give A Damn" (Mix Tape) (2010) free download at: http://www.statehouserec.com
Mr Sicc Presents: Tha Movement - "Gettin Mine" (Mix Tape) (2010) free download at: http://www.statehouserec.com
Mr Sicc Presents: Sicc-Face - "Tha Killa & Tha Lunatic" (Mix Tape) (2010) free download at: http://www.statehouserec.com
Mr Sicc - "Episodes Of A Hustler" (Mix Tape) (2010) free download at: http://www.statehouserec.com
Mr. Sicc & Face-Killa (as Sicc-Face) - 'The Murder That We Wrote' E.P (2011)
Mr. Sicc - "Revolution" single Feat. Mistah F.A.B and Chuck D (2012)
Mr. Sicc & Pakkz Tha General Feat. Bo-Roc "Bout Our Paper" (2013)
Mr. Sicc & Face-Killa (as Sicc-Face) Feat. Young Sid - "Put Em Up" (2013)

Features:

Ermehn – “Path Of Blood” (2005) – “Bank Job”, “Snake City”, “Bouncing” Sony/BMG
DJ Peter Gunz – “Represent” (‘Ear To The Street’ was featured on the compilation) (2007)
Young Sid – “The Truth” (2007) – “The Truth” MTC/Universal
SmashProof – “The Weekend” (2009) – “I Could Take You There”
SmashProof – “Ordinary Life” REMIX (2009) Sony/BMG
David Dallas – “Get Out My Way” REMIX (2009) Warner
Young Sid – “Domestic Disturbance” (2010) – “Memories” MTC/Universal
EMG - "What You Smokin On" (2011)
Pakkz Tha General - "Got What You Need" (2013)
Pakkz Tha General - "Run The City" (2013)
Pakkz Tha General - "Put Your Bottles Up" (2013)
Pakkz Tha General - "Get Back" (2013)
Willie Buck - 'Problems' (2013)
Willie Buck - 'You Make Me Sick' (2013)
Willie Buck - 'Streets Made Me' (2013)
Ahorangi - "Riot" (2013)
Uptown Swuite - "Angels & Demons" (2013)

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Bio

Karlos ‘Mr Sicc’ Diamond, Otara’s favourite son and New Zealand’s realist MC is about to embark on a mission to bring the harsh realities of Otara’s dark streets to speakers near you.Born and raised on the South Auckland streets of Otara, Mr Sicc has endured the harsh realities of hood life sporting the scars from battles both won and lost. It’s this life and environment that fuels the fiery rappers ability to tell graphic stories of poverty, prejudice and triumph over adversity with conviction and honesty unparalleled in Hiphop from New Zealand.

“Mr Sicc brings serious gangsta heat that reminds us the whole world has a ghetto… Including New Zealand” - Davey D – Hiphop Journalist/Radio personality (Oakland, CA)

Mr Sicc began recording underground tapes with his former partner in rhyme Face-Killa (Tuface) years ago. Those now-legendary tapes were the blueprint to a new generation of rappers from South Auckland and caught the ear of Otara rap pioneer Ermehn, who introduced Mr Sicc and Face-Killa to in-studio recording – the result was the 2000 recorded, 2005 released ‘The Path of Blood’ (Sony/BMG).

“After hearing so many flossy rhymes from MC’s with unrealistic stories and goals, it’s refreshing to hear a real life MC like Sicc – gritty street tales with an edgy urgency” - DJ Sir-Vere – DJ/Journalist/TV Personality/Local Hiphop Pioneer (Auckland, New Zealand)

Soon after the recording of ‘The Path of Blood’, Face-Killa entered a 4 year prison term and disheartened with the constant delays in the release, Mr Sicc felt he was back to where he started. Mr Sicc continued doing features on various projects before he began work on his debut Street Album – 2006's “The Flea Market” – a collection of demo tracks that were used to test the ears of listeners and serve as yet another learning curve for Mr Sicc.

“The Flea Market is crazy from beginning to end!” - T La Rock – Hiphop Pioneer (Bronx, NYC)

Shortly after the release of “The Flea Market” Mr Sicc was invited to perform at the first annual Urban Music Awards in Sydney, Australia alongside Yukmouth of The Luniz, Ganxsta Ridd of The Boo Yaa Tribe and Monsta Ganja. This served as the beginning of a two and a half month journey around Australia recording and performing with the aforementioned – Another important learning curve.

“I have been listening to Mr Sicc all day. [I] like his sound” - Schoolly D – Hiphop Pioneer (Philadelphia, PA)

Mr Sicc received high praises from the American artists and whilst in Australia completed several tracks for his ‘Pre-album’ – “Home Invasion.”With the ‘Official Pre-Album’ – “Home Invasion” – Mr Sicc continued to illustrate how he has advanced in strides above his peers locally, and internationally with tracks covering a myriad of topics from police brutality, parental neglect and absence, street life and political agendas.

In 2008, Mr Sicc released “Old School Machete Funk” where he introduces his long time friend J-Dubb over a selection of modified Funk beats to critical acclaim in local publications.

Losing his mother to lung cancer in 2009, Mr Sicc immersed himself in music once more channeling his emotions into a positive outlet. The result has been 3 mix tapes – ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ and ‘On Deadly Grounds’, plus a collection of collaborations titled ‘Episodes of A Hustler’ – each of which received over 1,000 downloads first day of release and are still available at: www.statehouserec.comIn March of 2010, Mr Sicc performed at the coveted SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas to rave reviews. Marking the first Maori performer to have played SXSW.

“Mr. Sicc has an infectious voice that accentuates the rhythm of the street, representing his origin, style, and reality that is New Zealand…. Adding to the diverse landscape that is today’s Hip Hop.” - Paul “Big Paul” Tu’ivai – Industry Taste-Maker (Los Angeles, CA)

In late 2012, Mr. Sicc released a poignant single 'Revolution' featuring Mistah F.A.B and Public Enemy's Chuck D. 'Revolution' showcased the growth of Mr. Sicc lyrically and subjectively, as he tackled the constructs of colonialism and the impact it still has on minorities.

Currently preparing a new CD release titled “Fucking Up The Nation” which marks the fourth full length project and late this year his fifth – the highly anticipated reunion album “From Hell…” with former partner in rhyme Face-Killa. All building up to his full-length album “Cannibal Music” in 2014, which marks not only the first double Hiphop album in New Zealand history, but also a bold leap for quality and content within the Hiphop community as a whole.

“[Mr] Sicc is the realest in NZ, hands down. This realness comes across in his lyrics, live performance and overall character. His long-awaited official-debut album is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited NZ Hip Hop albums in recent history.” - Kirk Harding – [r]evolve CEO, Move The Crowd CEO, Ex-Universal