Church and AP met on the first day of high school in 2013 over a shared appreciation for Chance the Rapper. They started creating music together and individually, Church was handpicked by David Dallas for Red Bull 64 Bars, spent all the time they could soaking up the local hip hop scene, and then started releasing music on the internet and playing sell-out gigs. The industry and hip hop fans took notice. Last summer they released their first official single ‘Ready or Not’ which went straight into the New Zealand singles charts, spent two months on Mai FM’s A rotation playlist, was playlisted across Spotify and Apple and made the New Music Friday cover for Spotify Australia and New Zealand. The track hit #1 on Shazam as people tried to work out who was making this brilliant new music that has garnered more than three million streams.
The love isn’t just from New Zealand, Church and AP have received international support from radio tastemakers BBC Radio 1 & 1XTRA including Annie Mac, DJ Target & Jam Supernova and music media including i-D, VICE, The Line Of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy.
“Two ambitious Kiwis…Brockhampton’s favourite Kiwi rap duo” – i-D
“Equal parts nonchalant falsetto R&B, humid drum machine funk, and confident, clear-eyed punchlines, it’s an earworm sing-along with moody undertones.” – DUMMY
“A rich cocktail that merges strong undertones of hip hop heavyweights with their youthful charm, topped with their ‘give me everything you’ve got’ attitude” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
Now, six years on from that first meeting, Church & AP are poised to become New Zealand’s latest hip hop heavyweights with their collective YKK. Their debut album is out on the 15th November, recorded at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland