Scribe's first single ‘Stand Up’ conquered the charts, paired as a double A-side with soon to be signature tune ‘Not Many’. But where ‘Not Many’ is a statement of personal intent, ‘Stand Up’ flies the flag for Kiwi hip hop: the video features many of the fellow musicians namechecked in the song. Shot in a basement below Auckland's Real Groovy Records in black and white (except for the ‘Not Many’ sections), Chris Graham's NZ Music Award-winning video offers an energetic, confrontational performance from Scribe, who took another five NZ Music Awards in the same year.
I have to thank Chris Graham really, the video he made really gave the song momentum ... the video locked it all down and gave it that feeling of involving almost everyone who is contributing to the New Zealand hip hop scene — and of course the D4.– Scribe, in issue 35 of Pulp, October 2003, page 58
Made with funding from NZ On Air