P-Money Profile

aka Peter Wadams
Sam Wicks
Published: 27 May 2013
Updated: 21 Dec 2020

“Watching groups like Public Enemy and Run DMC, I didn’t really see how I could do the vocals. I was like, ‘How do you rap?’ I just thought, if I could be involved, I’d rather be the cool guy at the back playing the records. He’s not up front, but he’s very important to the group.”

Peter Wadams, aka P-Money, is recalling the inspiration that has seen him play “the cool guy at the back” across the many phases of his career. It’s seen him establish his name as a battle DJ, produce records for Scribe, Che Fu, David Dallas and Aaradhna, and build Dirty Records from the ground up with Kog Transmissions, to its amalgamation with Dawn Raid Entertainment under the Frequency Media Group banner.

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NZ Musician Feb/March 2001
P-Money at 95bFM
Photo credit: Brett 'Omega B' Wagner Collection
Everything, 2010
Anika Moa and P-Money photographed for the cover of Rip It Up.
Chris Chetland and P-Money, 2008.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
P-Money - ITF 99 World Finals (Elimination Set)
1997 New Zealand ITF Finals - P-Money - Elimination Round
Falling Down feat. Milan Borich
Auckland Hip-Hop Summit, Auckland Town Hall, 2002 - P-Money, DJ Shan, Ladi-6, Scribe, Callum August, Koma
Photo credit: Brett 'Omega B' Wagner Collection
Everything feat. Vince Harder
DMC World DJ Final 2001
In the studio, 2008 with Dawn Raid's Andy Murnane, Phil Bell (then Back2 Basics editor), Savage, Chris Chetland and P-Money.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
P-Money in his studio
Gratitude -2013
P-Money feat. Scribe and Four Corners - Synchronise Thoughts
Reminisce ft. Blaison Maven
Poi E - 4 Corners, P-Money & Patea Maori Club (APRA Silver Scrolls)
P-Money, Chris Chetland and Dawn Raid's Andy Murnane, 2008. 
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Peter Wadams AKA P-Money
P-Money in studio with M.O.P.
P Money (New Zealand) V iLL Taktikz (Belgium) - DMC Battle For World Supremacy - Round 1
Dance With You feat. PNC, Vince Harder, Meryl Cassie & Mz J
P-Money - Celebration Flow ft. Aaradhna, Talib Kweli
Stop The Music
Say Yeah feat. David Dallas & Aaradhna
At Kog Central, 2002. L to R: 4 Corners' Hepaklypz, P-Money, Scribe, then Koma and Omega B from 4 Corners
Photo credit: Brett 'Omega B' Wagner Collection

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