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From the notorious streets of South Auckland, the number one Independent Hip-Hop Company in New Zealand, Dawn Raid Entertainment presents the Deceptikonz.

Formed in 1996, and hailing from the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa, the Deceptikonz are New Zealand's lyrical ambassadors for Hip Hop music. Consisting of 4 MC's: Savage, Devolo, Alphrisk and the mighty Mareko.

Introduced to the team at Dawn Raid Entertainment through a cousin in the group Kaos (who had the single and video 2000 Beyond out through Dawn Raid), the Deceptikonz skills were undeniable. Dawn Raid Entertainment wasted no time in putting the boys straight in the studio, resulting in the group's debut on the underground album of 2001 Southside Story 2: International (nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album of 2001 at the 95bFM Music Awards). Their breakthrough underground hit Elimination shocked local airwaves with their unique lyrical style and intimidating production, so much so that they were nominated for Best New Group at the 2001 95bFM Music Awards without officially releasing a single.

The Deceptikonz name was strengthened even further after Mareko was crowned Best MC in New Zealand after winning the National Battle for Supremacy.

After destroying a number of live shows including performances with A-Trak at the ITF Finals, a national tour with Bone Thugs n Harmony and recently Mr. Short Khop, Hip-Hop fans across New Zealand recognised the group for their high energy performances, tight lyrical flow and unorthodox humor, which has had the group in hot demand for the local live circuit.

Not content to sit around and wait for things to fall in place, Deceptikonz began work on their debut release, initially slated as the 6 track Verbal Abuse EP. Once inside the lab, their lyrical genius could not be locked down, and the decision was made to upgrade the EP with a side of fries to the full length (13 track) album Elimination.

"Elimination the song is what made us, and now we're eliminating the competition, so the name's fitting,” states Savage.

Understanding that lyrics alone don't make good songs, the groups have worked hard to understand how to man the boards themselves and direct the musical content and production so that it appeals to the underground student market, whilst simultaneously whetting the appetites of the mainstream consumer. On 'Elimination' Mareko passes production duties to a few of NZ's best producers, including P-Money and John Chong-Nee of gold selling group AKA Brown.

"Sonically the album is tight from beginning to end. We worked on each track individually to reflect our style," says Mareko, "we're broadening the spectrum of New Zealand Hip-Hop".

The first radio song's Fallen Angels with beats by P-Money, and More Than Meets The Eye produced by Chong-Nee are a good example of the group's diversity. Fallen Angels features members of the Auckland City Choir, and draws you in with its smooth harmonies. Then the group hits you out of nowhere with the anthem infested funk of More Than Meets The Eye. Broken Home a solo song by group member Savage is a painful tale of his biological father and shows a raw, personal side to the album, while U Want Beef is a clear notice to anyone contesting their crowns as the best MCs in New Zealand.

With an introduction from platinum group Mobb Deep, guest drops from Alchemist, Fat Joe and members of Wu Tang Clan, and word play like New Zealand has never seen before, the Deceptikonz are the final stage of Hip-Hop's evolution. You've been warned.

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Talofa Lava
Posted: Mon May 2, 2005 10:47 pm
Just a big shout out to Ya'll...
I reacon you's represent new zealand hard... and dats how it should be!
To savage damb boy you can blow and sometimes i think " far out doesn't that guy get a sore throat " lol let me see those hips SWING!!!
To mareko, you hear to stay my brother you da one and only!!
To Derek keep the free styles rolling cuzz.. You da bomb..
To da one and only sunshine Alphrisk!!! Yayah you da bomb diggidy baby boy keep those singles rolling..
Big dubz up to you all tho..
i think you's have gottn this far for the gr8 talents dat you's all have..
keep your heads high coz you never know whats around da corner...
my votes are out for you's all da way...
Hope to see a new album coming out hopefully soon...
Keep n touch ma coconuts!!!
god bless ya'll..

This message was edited by gifted_n_maori on Tue May 3, 2005 10:21 am.


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RE: Mareko to Record Album in New York
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:02 am
from www.hiphopnz.com

"What's up everybody, I don't get on this discussion board as much as I should but while we are up in New York recording MAREKO's "WHITE SUNDAY", I'm going to try and be consistant with the update's on who we are working with ....and anything that comes from me is the str8 truth no added shit , ya feel me !!

So, thus far we have recorded with The Liks at their Beverly Hills Likwit Studio in LA (produced by E-swift and feat. J-Ro and Mareko) the shit is Banana's !!!( Horsemen & Alkaholiks riding together it's crazy)

+ Creators from London came through to New York and we got them in the studio with Joell Ortiz ( The Kid From the Sadat X Joint of MF3). This track is grimey on some Battle shit.

and tomorrow we are recording with Ghetto Pros and Da Beatminerz in Queens so by the end of the day we should have another one in the can.

We got more crazy shit coming but I'll wait till it is recorded before I post it.

Holla !!!

Dawn Raid Ent.
Harlem NY"

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Mareko to Record Album in New York
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 5:06 pm
Mark Sagapolutele, aka Mareko, front man for hip-hop outfit Deceptikonz, is spending a month recording an album with top New York musicians and producers.

The Deceptikonz' critically acclaimed debut album released last April reached No, 2 in the New Zealand album charts.

For his first trip overseas, Mareko has fallen on his feet into the heartland of hip-hop and intends soaking up as much as he can to bring back to Manukau.

A busy schedule of writing and recording awaits him with names sure to raise the heart rates of hip-hop fans, such as Mobb Deep, Beatnutz and J-Praise, producer of the hit album by 50 Cent.

"Here I am, 21 years of age, and I'm recording an album with the people I grew up listening to," Mareko says.

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Deceptikonz Win Squeeze 2002 Music Award!
Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2002 9:25 am
Deceptikonz won the following Squeeze 2002 Music Awards:

* Best Album (Elimination)


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Deceptikonz Nominated For Squeeze People Choice Awards
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 4:25 pm
Deceptikonz have received the following nominations in the Squeeze People Choice Awards:

* Best Band/Artist

* Best Song/Track (Fallen Angels)


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Deceptikonz Nominated For B.Net Awards!
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 3:35 pm
Deceptikonz have received the following nominations in the 2002 B.Net Music Awards:

* Best Music Video (Fallen Angels)

* Best Hip Hop Release (Elimination)


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