Scribe: New Zealand rapper begins filming new docu-series about his life


New Zealand rapper Scribe is preparing to step back into the spotlight with a new docu-series based on his life and career.  

The 42-year-old musician, (real name Malo Ioane Luafutu) has already commenced filming the 12 episode series, which is set to air on Kiwi network TVNZ later this year. 

Titled Scribe – The Return of the Crusader, the series will document the highs and lows faced by the Stand Up hitmaker throughout his decade-long career.  

He’s back!  New Zealand rapper Scribe is preparing to step back into the spotlight with a new docu-series based on his life and career 

‘Fame, money, drugs, domestic abuse, mental illness, prison, rehab,’ an official promo for the series reads.  

‘Scribe has been through it all. Now he’s clean, working on a comeback album and ready to stand up.’  

Meanwhile, producers are currently on the hunt for a child actor to portray a younger version of the musician. 

Coming soon: The 42-year-old musician, (real name Malo Ioane Luafutu) has already commenced filming the 12 episode series, which is set to air on Kiwi network TVNZ later this year

Coming soon: The 42-year-old musician, (real name Malo Ioane Luafutu) has already commenced filming the 12 episode series, which is set to air on Kiwi network TVNZ later this year 

‘Looking for a young Scribe (6-10 years but looks 6/7) & his big brother Tenare (10-13 years but looks 11,’ a recent post shared to Scribe’s Instagram read. 

‘Must be confident & able to lip-sync Scribe’s new lyrics, for our TVNZ doco on his life.’  

Scribe made history with his debut single Stand Up in 2003, becoming the first Kiwi musician to simultaneously have a single and an album at number one on the charts.   

Rise, fall and rise again: Titled Scribe - The Return of the Crusader, the series will document the highs and lows faced by the Stand Up hitmaker throughout his decade-long career

Rise, fall and rise again: Titled Scribe – The Return of the Crusader, the series will document the highs and lows faced by the Stand Up hitmaker throughout his decade-long career 

Behind-the-scenes: Scribe posted a gallery of photos taken on the set of his new series earlier this month. He captioned the post: 'Making of a monster. #scribedoco #scribeisdead #comingsoon'

Behind-the-scenes: Scribe posted a gallery of photos taken on the set of his new series earlier this month. He captioned the post: ‘Making of a monster. #scribedoco #scribeisdead #comingsoon’ 

Speaking to RNZ’s Hip Hop Stand Up web series about his overnight success, the Not Many rapper confessed: ‘The thing with my fame was, it was instant. It was actually quite scary. I didn’t like it. I still don’t like it.’ 

‘One day I’m f**king put gas in the car, and the next day I go to do the same and I’m getting swamped, I’m getting f**king screamed at, people surrounding the car, banging on the windows kind of mobbed.’

In 2005, his life spiralled out of control when he became addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling following poor sales of his second album Rhyme Book.  

Candid: Speaking to RNZ's Hip Hop Stand Up web series about his overnight success, the Not Many rapper confessed: 'The thing with my fame was, it was instant. It was actually quite scary. I didn't like it. I still don't like it'

Candid: Speaking to RNZ’s Hip Hop Stand Up web series about his overnight success, the Not Many rapper confessed: ‘The thing with my fame was, it was instant. It was actually quite scary. I didn’t like it. I still don’t like it’ 

He was arrested in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2011 for disorder offences but released after receiving a formal warning.  

Scribe fell back into hard times in 2017, announcing online that he’d checked into rehab.  

‘Addiction is a symptom, not a choice for me . . . I’ve overcome many trials and tribulations by embracing the truth, no matter how humiliating or shameful it may be,’ he wrote at the time.  

Personal demons: In 2005, his life spiralled out of control when he became addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling following poor sales of his second album Rhyme Book

Personal demons: In 2005, his life spiralled out of control when he became addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling following poor sales of his second album Rhyme Book

‘I’m now embarking on the greatest and most hardest crusade ever. I will be back a better and stronger me to take this world by storm.’ 

A year later, Scribe was found guilty of methamphetamine possession at Christchurch District Court. 

He also spent two months in jail for breaching is curfew conditions while trying to perform a show. 

Legal woes: In 2018, he was found guilty of methamphetamine possession at Christchurch District Court

Legal woes: In 2018, he was found guilty of methamphetamine possession at Christchurch District Court



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