Aotearoa hip-hop legend Scribe is calling it a day.
In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone AU, the 44-year-old shared that the next album he drops will be his last because he wants to end things on his terms.
“This is my goodbye”, he said. “I have to go out the way I want to go out. All my songs have a message, everything is just what I want to say.”
“There’s no contrived ideas behind it except for trying to say something real and being pointed in what I want to say, without trying to construct what I want to say before I write it.”
“I just wanted this music to help people, that’s what I feel like I am here to do. I feel like music is my gift and I’m just trying to use it for good – but in the back of my mind I’m like, ‘This is all over for me.’ I’m going to be entering a whole new field that I’m excited about.”
‘Scribe Is Dead’ will be the title of his third and final album. He hasn’t shared any details on when it will be released, but Rolling Stone does report that the next single from the album “will be expected in March”.
Just last week, the Ōtautahi rapper dropped his newest single ‘Glowstick’, which is about good ol’ perseverance.
“It’s quite cliché, but a glowstick – you’ve got to break it for the light,” he shared. “So it was trying to find the right balance between it not being too gimmicky and it being something authentic.”
“I just want people to hear it, it’s one of my deeper songs.”
Scribe has been integral in the story of Aotearoa music, so it'll be a sad day when he hangs up the microphone. But, if the legend reckons it’s the right time, it’s the right time.