Stee’s Hip Hop Journey
Steven Vereakula better known by his stage name Stee Cracker is making it big in the local hip hop scene.
Originally from Taveuni, Stee grew up in Suva with his parents and is the eldest of five siblings.
“My love for hip hop started in high school when I started listening to Eminem and 50 cent,” said Stee.
It wasn’t until he performed during a birthday event for a cousin when people told him how good he was.
His first single in 2013 was a collaboration with rapper Eremasi Rova known as E3 with the hit single Ono Vitu Ciwa. They also released a music video with it. Both artists released two albums titled CBM and Boxing Day.
He featured with local artist like Mr Grin, Simi Rova, Tropic Thunda, Mynlesseme, and the band KKU for the song Toso Mai Noqu Lewa.
Some of the challenges he faced is on recording tracks which could be very costly, and as of now hip hop artists are doing their own thing.
“In Fiji there is no organisation for hip hop and having a place to record is really hard.
“The impact of social media has been positive for him. Support as well from local radio stations like 2DAY FM and music shows like Groove Thang and Juke World have been good.
“Our aim now is to bring quality content to the music we do,” said Stee.
Stee has performed in park jam events, barrel nights in clubs and the highlight for him was going to Papua New Guinea for the Melanesian Arts Festival in 2014.
“We represented Fiji in hip hop with E3 so that was huge for me,” he said.
Currently he’s part of a new rap group called Team Stay Focused (TSF) with rap artist Sikeli Vines and Nick Boat.
“Currently we working on a music video for a new single with Tropic Thunda so that’s coming up very soon,” he said.
His advice to upcoming artists who are interested in doing hip hop is if you have a passion for it keep rapping and practicing. If you’re not active with it then you’ll l lose the passion.
Stee attributes his achievement to his family and friends who have supported his music journey. His long term plan is to rap in the I-Taukei language.