Most music groups plead for radio stations to make their songs commercial hits but an up-and-coming Auckland hip hop group has threatened to kill presenters' pets if their music hits the airwaves.
Homebrew Crew, infamous for filming a video advising drink drivers how to avoid check points last year, took to Twitter this week saying, ''f*** The Edge. F***ZM. F*** Flava. If you ever play our music, you'll come to work the next day with your dead pet in your parking space''.
A spokesperson for the Avondale trio, who identified himself only as Tom, said his tweet was in response to a comment made on The Edge on Wednesday.
The on-air remark was, 'they're always working hard those black people'.
Tom said the comment was in relation to a hip hop artist and was racist.
''I found that offensive so I tweeted ''F*** commercial radio''. Only because I have younger cousins who listen to those kinds of stations and it scares me that such blatant racism is used so casually,'' he said.
Homebrew later posted a recording, repeating part of the tweet, on online music sharing site Soundcloud.
Clint Roberts, an afternoon host at The Edge tweeted back to Homebrew: ''Pretty sure we've played it. Pretty sure you were aware of it. Pretty sure you voiced the intro and outro for it.''
Roberts later jibed: ''Pretty sure my cat is still alive''.
A spokeswoman for The Edge's parent company, Media Works, said the station hadn't received any complaints about the remark. She declined to comment further.
Homebrew were shortlisted for the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards Critics Choice Prize. The group also made headlines that year for putting on a fundraising gig to raise money to shoot a music video after being denied funding by NZ On Air.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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