About Hip Hop High
About the show
New Zealand's biggest selling hip hop artist and the South
Auckland godfather of hip hop, Savage, is going back to
The bling-encrusted rapper has accepted the challenge of turning a classroom of traditional South Island students into hip hop elite, in Hip Hop High.
Deep in the heartland of New Zealand are two of the oldest schools in the country, Otago Boys and Otago Girls High Schools.
These traditional South Island schools are known for their imposing Victorian architecture, proud academic and sporting history and their traditions.
Now, Otago Boys and Girls are set for an infusion of unadulterated South Auckland hip hop, Savage-style.
In just six weeks, Savage will turn a class of classically trained musicians, dance, poetry and sports-mad students from Dunedin's most prestigious schools into a hip hop crew with killer beats, street style and hip hop attitude.
Each week, Hip Hop High follows the journey of the students, from their first auditions through to the pressures of learning to rhyme, scratch, dance and rap.
From MCing, composing lyrics and music beats, break dancing, krumping, DJing, rapping, mixing, beat boxing, the lingo, the look and the attitude - these Dunedin youngsters are embarking on a Hip Hop voyage of discovery.
And Savage too, will have to embrace New Zealand's heartland, if he is going to earn the respect and admiration of his new crew.
From supporting the school's 1st XV, singing in the school's choir or attending a haggis-eating ceremony, Savage will learn the South Island ropes Dunedin-style.
But what the students don't know is that the kids who come top of the Hip Hop class will travel to the home of Hip Hop, New York City, to perform with Savage at a famous New York Hip Hop club in front of Universal Records.