Scribe’s No.1 hit ‘Stand Up’ arrived at the end of 2003 and took over the local music scene, heralding in a golden year for local hip-hop. More hits followed, Scribe’s album The Crusader (2004) went on to sell 100,000 copies across Australasia and he became a household name on both sides of the Tasman.
His follow-up, Rhyme Book (2007), was not so timely and only a moderate success. Influences from outside music impacted on his career and Scribe settled into being just a part-time figure in the local music scene. Yet his legacy is such that he will always remain a name synonymous with New Zealand hip-hop.
Scribe’s cousin, Ladi-6, has appeared on both of his albums. When Scribe first moved to Auckland, he performed regularly with her group, Verse Two, as well as appearing on their single, Gold.
Scribe’s father, John Luafutu, appears on the track, ‘A.W.O.L.’ off Rhyme Book (along with Ladi-6). He is also the author of a memoir about his move to New Zealand from Samoa called A Boy Called Broke (1994).