Hip-hop’s hot property

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Talented rapper Raiza Biza is one of the hottest properties on the New Zealand hip-hip scene.

The Hamilton/Auckland musician combines his deft, reflective lyrics with jazz-based instrumentals to create distinctive flowing tracks.

Biza – aka Ray Ruzibiza – performs at The World Bar this Thursday.

“People can expect jazz-infused instrumentals, thoughtful lyrics, and you know just sort of a little time capsule into New Zealand tinged 90s New York hip-hop in a modern context,” the 25-year-old says.

“The thing that I like about those types of instrumentals is the fact they kind of tell their own story too, it’s not just a loop that’s constructed in a factory setting, it usually comes with its own character.” 

Catch Raiza Biza at The World Bar on Thursday from 10pm. Admission is free.

Full preview in Thursday’s Mountain Scene