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3 The Hard Way

3 The Hard Way is responsible for one of the most recognisable anthems in Kiwi music - 'Hip Hop Holiday', which was an instant success in 1994, spending five weeks at number one and peaking in the Australian charts at number five. The trio (Chris Maiai, Lance Manuel and Mike Paton), released their platinum-selling debut album, Old School Prankstas, the same year. After extensive touring, then a six-year break, the band released Eyes On The Prize in 2003, featuring number one single 'It's On'.