James Nokise in So So Gangsta
"Witty, fobby, camp, gangsta, recommended!" macandmae.com
A long, long time ago, James Nokise was pretty sure he was going to be the new 2pac…
Coming straight out of Newtown, via the Hutt... and Whitby - James Nokise presents his own unique take on New Zealand Gangs, So-so Gangsta.
He's not from the School of Hard Knocks and he never attended the Ghetto University (although he did Theatre and Film at Vic), but somehow James Nokise always believed his destiny was to be New Zealand's Next Top Gangsta.
Blending a mix of personal stories, research, and current affairs, So-so Gangsta is an oddly in-depth and comedic look at both Gangs and the perception of Gangs in the relatively un-gangsta New Zealand. When the most publicised gang of the past decade was a bunch of teenagers in yellow t-shirts, and the most notorious have their strongholds in Whanganui and Wairoa… things might not be as a bad as they seem.
But is that because our Gangsters are crap, or because so many are in prison now? And what exactly qualifies as a Gang these days anyway?