Big Sima and Boomtown | RDU Live To Air

Big Sima and Boomtown joined us in the studio for a live performance.

Currently one of the most active NZ hip hop artists on the live circuit, ‘The Underground King’ aka Big Sima is no stranger to the big stage. During his come-up he has played support for everyone from Busta Rhymes to Bone Thugs’n’Harmony, Guru (Gangstarr), Mobb Deep and Cypress Hill. His stage presence and overall performance acumen can only be matched by the sonic value of the beat-bumping, bass-box booming mixes courtesy of longtime friend and fellow collaborator Tiki Taane.

After 4 years of hard mahi together at ‘Tiki Dub Solar Powered Studios’ in sunny Papamoa it seems the duo have finally released Sima’s debut LP (much to critical acclaim), aptly named ‘Stereotypes Of A Polynesian Misunderstood.’ This record has been dubbed a certified classic by critics and fans alike – unlike many other rap albums that just throw together songs, this is a complete body of work. Out worldwide across all platforms, this is indeed Big Sima’s ‘magnum opus’. After 4 successful single releases thus far, over 500k streams across all platforms and 1000s of spins on radio stations up and down the country, the most recent release “Truth” has made it into the top 10 on the Hot NZ Singles Chart and Top 20 songs most added to radio in the country. These are epic feats for an independent hip hop artist in Aotearoa.

Big Sima is back in 2022 with a new album, but the team, the dream and the work ethic still remains the same, with a 10-date summer tour on the horizon, backed by his 7-piece band Boomtown, this looks to be the start of something very special…

▸Back In The Day

Audio Engineer – Jamie Stratton
Assistant Engineers – John Brickell and Erin Voice
Camera – Amy Hollands and Olly Barclay
Video Editor – Amy Hollands


RDU 98.5FM Live-To-Airs are proudly supported by NZ On Air and SALTBOX Studios. Each month, we welcome local musicians from around Aotearoa to perform live to the airwaves on Ōtautahi’s RDU 98.5FM, part of the national Student Radio Network.

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