Chains (DLT song)

"Chains" is a Hip hop song by New Zealand DJ DLT (musician) featuring singer Che Fu. The song reached no 1 on the New Zealand charts.[1] It was Che-Fu's first song after leaving Supergroove and marked the beginning of his solo career.

Single by DLT featuring Che Fu
from the album The True School (1996)
2b S.Pacific (1998)
  • Chains (Album Mix)
  • Chains (Remix)
Released21 July 1996 (New Zealand)
GenreHip Hop
Songwriter(s)Angus McNaughton, Che Ness, Kevin Rangihuna, Darryl L Thomson
DLT singles chronology
"I'm Your MC"
Che Fu singles chronology
"Sitting Inside My Head"
"Fade Away"
Music video
"Chains" at NZ on Screen


Che-Fu had been asked to feature on the song before his departure from Supergroove. He came to the recording unaware that he needed to write a chorus as well as a verse, and came up with the memorable hook "Come break my chains/Come help me out/Living in the city ain't so bad" on the spot.[2]

Chart performance

The song debuted on the New Zealand charts at number 2, then rose to number 1 where it remained for 5 weeks.[1]

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 4


At the 1997 New Zealand Music Awards 'Chains' won Best Single, and Che-Fu was awarded Best Male Vocalist for the song.[4] In 2001 it was named by APRA members as the 21st best NZ song of all time, and featured on the Nature's Best album.


  1. "Chains: Chart Performance". Archive. NZ Charts. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. "Homegrown Profiles: Che Fu". Documentary. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  3. "End of Year Charts 1996". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  4. "NZ Music Awards 1997". Archive. RIANZ. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
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