Tribute to Kapiti teen a YouTube hit

BEN STRANG
Last updated 17:03 26/09/2012
Kapiti rapper
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Rapping a message: Rapper and student DJ Shaun Joslin, aka Too Slik, has released songs on YouTube about violence on the Kapiti Coast.

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Having grown up hanging around ''the wrong people'' in Tawa, Shaun Joslin is now trying to bring peace back to his adopted home of Kapiti.

The 20-year-old rapper, known as Too Slik on YouTube, has released a series of songs asking people to stop violence on the Kapiti Coast, following two violent deaths in five weeks.

Joslin has lived in Kapiti for the past four years, after his family moved from Tawa where he was ''mixing with the wrong people''.

''I started rapping when I was 14 years old, when I was in high school,'' he said.

''I didn't really start taking it seriously until I was about 19, when I first started recording.

''I've had a passion for it ever since I can remember. Ever since these tragedies have happened in Pram, it's made me think that maybe I should take my talents and put them towards something useful.''

On August 12, Joslin uploaded his song As The World Turns to YouTube, as a tribute to Izak Millanta, who died after being assaulted on August 11.

The song (see below) has clocked up more than 5000 hits.

Following Sean Strongman-Lintern's death, on September 15, he uploaded another song, RIP Sean, which has more than 2000 hits.

''With my music I can actually speak on a message that a lot of people can really connect with.

"I knew Izak and Sean. It's been massive around the community. Everybody has heard the music.

''I've had a lot of feedback from it. Some guys have actually reached out to me, and told me that the emotional connection they've got from the song, they've cried from it.''

Joslin said his friend set up the ''Lets Stop All the Violence on Our Kapiti Coast'' Facebook page.

''I get on there and ask how everyone is doing, and just spreading the word that violence is not OK.''

When he moved to Kapiti in 2008, Joslin said the town was a safe, tight-knit community where everyone got along.

''Slowly it's got worse, with more parties and drinking. Now it's escalated to violence and fighting.

''Hopefully my music can convince people to give up violence and fighting.''

Joslin is completing a DJing course at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua, and is a graduate of Kapiti's Youth Quest programme.

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- Kapiti Observer

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