Via Simon Grigg on Twitter: "Pre-CRC ad, Total Effect Rippin' Up a Storm (or something…) in what is likely to be the first recorded hiphop from AKLD"...
"This track went to #1 on the BFM Top 10 for a week, by public vote. Total Effect was the rap group I formed in 1987 with MC Squared (Michael Fletcher), MC Klymn (Les Hammon), and DJ Damage. Boy C (Chris Maiai) joined the group later.
Apart from two tracks on the compilation album "AK89 In Love With These Rhymes", we never had any commercial releases due to sampling issues (De La Souls "Three Feet High and Rising" was released as we recorded our album and the legal issues over that prevented meant our record company shelved the project for fear of getting sued).
Our biggest gig was at the Auckland Town Hall in 1990 playing to 2000 people in support of Redhead Kingpin.
This Demo was recorded at Last Laugh Studios on an 8 track in Auckland in 1988 and has been preserved from a long lost 25 year old cassette!!"