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Dark Tower

Formed in 1993 by Jody Lloyd and Eli Foley, Christchurch hip hop group Dark Tower were notable for rapping in New Zealand accents, and sampling NZ TV and folk music: a kiwiana point of difference to the ‘urban pasifika’ dominant influence in local hip hop. Listener critic Nick Bollinger wrote, "Dark Tower are on a mission to remind us who we are". 2001 LP Canterbury Drafts was nominated for NZ hip hop album of the year; their biggest hit was 2000 single 'Baggy Trousers', which spawned a cult Blair Witch inspired video. Lloyd also works under the moniker Trillion.