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OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Years active1996–present
LabelsDawn Raid Entertainment

The Deceptikonz are a New Zealand hip hop group formed in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa in 1996 which consists of Savage, Devolo, Alphrisk and Mareko.[1] Their debut album was Elimination released in 2002.


The group's debut was on the underground album of 2001 Southside Story 2: International, with the tracks "Elimination" and "Beware". At the 2001 95bFM Music Awards, the album was nominated for best hip hop album of the year, and the Deceptikonz were nominated for Best New Group despite not having officially released a single.

Band member Mareko was subsequently crowned Best MC in New Zealand after winning the National Battle for Supremacy contest.[2]

The Deceptikonz debut release was initially slated as the 6-track EP Verbal Abuse, but a decision was made to upgrade the EP to the full-length (13-track) album, Elimination.

The production team for Elimination included DJ P-Money and John Chong-Nee of gold-selling group AKA Brown.

The first single, "Fallen Angels", featuring DJ P-Money was followed by "More Than Meets the Eye" (much like their own name, a take on the Transformers motto). "Fallen Angels" features members of the Auckland City Choir, while "More Than Meets the Eye" is more funk-oriented.

"Broken Home", a solo song by group member Savage is about his biological father and shows a raw, personal side.

Member Alphrisk released his debut solo album The Best Kept Secret in 2004. Mareko released his debut solo album White Sunday in 2003, Savage released his debut solo album Moonshine in 2005, and Devolo released his debut solo album Heaven & Hell in 2008.



Year Title Details Peak chart
2002 Elimination 4
2006 Heavy Rotation
2010 Evolution: Past, Present, Beyond 26
2022 In Perpetuity
  • Label: Savage Entertainment
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2001 "Fallen Angels"
feat. P-Money
2002 "More Than Meets the Eye"
"Broken Home"
"U Want Beef"
2003 "Stop, Drop and Roll"
(as Mareko feat. the Deceptikonz)
6 White Sunday
2004 "Hook Up"
(as the Dawn Raid All-Stars)
9 Non-album single
2006 "Don't Front on Me" Heavy Rotation
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Deceptikonz Bio Retrieved 2010-01-14
  2. ^ National Battle for Supremacy Winners Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2010-01-14