Wordsmith Vaitea shines a torch for proper hip hop with her premium rhymes over distinctive raw and heavy funktified breaks on her impressive debut ‘Word Citizen’ LP; this stand up well ahead of the current deluge of withering pop hop. If Iggy Azalea had any balls or depth, she’d come correct like Vaitea – the real deal out there – out now on BBE records.
DJ Marcia Carr (SoundClash/TMP/Mi-Soul)
Vaitea is a music lover, a poet, a trilingual mc and a vinyl-only dj.
Born in New Zealand to a French father and an Italian mother, with Polish, Romanian, Siberian roots and a Polynesian name, Vaitea is a real world citizen. Raised to the sounds of clever rhymes and inspiring melodies, she falls in love with Hip Hop culture in her teens.
Very soon, she starts collaborating with Italian and French Hip Hop artists (Dj Gruff, Dj Skizo, Entics in Italy, Alliance Ethnik, Sages Poetes de la Rue, Guts in France…), acquiring recognition among the international Hip Hop movement over the years, and sharing stages with several artists, such as the US group Artifacts, the canadian WeFunk Radio deejays or the universal Yarah Bravo…
Growing up between Milan and Paris, she releases The Misstape in 2008, which leads her to performances on international stages such as Hip Hop Kemp or Montreux Jazz Festival.
In the meantime, as a promoter and a deejay, she creates several events in Milan as True Skool, Back2Bata, or Flygirls Milano, an all-ladies collective giving exposure to Italian and European female Hip Hop artists, in different disciplines.
In London, where she moves in 2012, she hosts and creates several events, including the monthly gig No Diggity, a celebration of the purest Hip Hop played by international guest and resident deejays, where also breakers, writers and aficionados find a home.
Freestyle emcee, singer, songwriter, poet, deejay, journalist, vinyl artist and collector, radio host with a Master in Psychology: this eclectic Hip Hop head has deeply explored and experimented all aspects of musical creation, through several live performances and recordings.
Vaitea writes and rhymes in three different languages: italian, french and english. Her various collaborations with producers, deejays and musicians have contributed into creating a very personal style, influenced by many genres: spoken poetry, house music, soul, funk, jazz , reggae and certainly hip hop.
Her solo album Word Citizen, mostly produced in Paris by Gyver Hypman (Saian Supa Crew) and mastered in New York by Engineer Extraordinaire Eddie Sancho (Gangstarr, Krs One, Jay-Z, Nas…), is released in 2014 on the respected UK label BBE (Jazzy Jeff, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Dj Vadim, Will I Am…). Vaitea is currently working on new music and collaborations, while taking her vinyl-only dj sets throughout Europe.