Three things with Hau Latukefu: ‘It’s been over 10 years and I’m still kicking myself’

In our weekly interview about objects, the radio host and hip-hop musician tells us about a precious pair of Nikes, and a post-show incident he’ll forever regret

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After 14 years at the helm of Triple J’s Hip Hop Show, Hau Latukefu is hanging up the headphones. Since he joined the station back in 2008, the radio host has helped to usher in a new era of Australian hip-hop, giving early airplay to acts like The Kid Laroi and mentoring homegrown drill sensations OneFour.

But his own musical journey began as one half of the hip-hop duo Koolism, who were leaders of the local scene in the early 2000s. Now, Latukefu is reflecting on his long career in a new memoir, King: Life, Death and Hip Hop. The book charts Latukefu’s childhood growing up in the only Tongan family on their Queanbeyan block, through to his years as a recording artist and his role mentoring OneFour members as they moved in and out of prison.

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