Explicit PN hip-hop video an online hit
An explicit music video featuring bong smoking and a critique of Palmerston North culture is racking up views on YouTube.
The video for the song (Warning: explicit content) 'Palmy' made by 23-year-old resident Joey Warner - aka Vicious Villain - has gained nearly 2500 views since it was uploaded three days ago.
The hip-hop video shows Warner and former Queen Elizabeth College student Shaylem Te Paiho - aka Y S - travelling around Palmerston North at night.
They visit nightlife hangouts including The Square, Malbas, Golden Takeaways and The Naked Pie Man.
It also includes numerous shots of what appears to be marijuana use.
The songs lyrics are as controversial as the video and include lines such as "Talk s*** we gone (sic) throw you off the Massey bridge."
Speaking to the Manawatu Standard Warner said he was not worried about the potential reaction to the song and video.
"I don't really care about the negative s*** as long as I get views really.
"I know there's paraphenalia and s*** but it's not ours and there's no shots of us using so I'm not worried at all."
Warner has lived in Palmerston North all his life.
He dropped out of high school when he was 14 and has since made a number of songs with an unsavoury view of his home city.
He claims in the video, which took two nights to make, that he is a legend in the city.
"When I'm gone Palmy gonna (sic) die with me."
Warner said his surroundings have inspired him to make the music he does.
"It's not the most glamourous portrayal of the city, but it's the way I see it.
"I just want people to enjoy it for what it is, which is hip hop.
"We're not trying to offend anyone."
Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor said he wished Warner's creativity was channelled towards something worthwhile.
"Despite the fact that our city is characterized by intelligent, creative and caring people there are obviously still pockets of puerile people who get their kicks from being crass and immature.
"Hopefully one day they will grow up."
Senior Sergeant Brett Calkin said police had not seen the video and were not currently investigating.
Anyone could put up a YouTube video making it look like they were breaking the law, Calkin said.
For police to put resources into investigating they had to be convinced there was wrong-doing.