By Steph Gray
As Trillion, Jody Lloyd cares enough about his raps to print the words to each song artfully onto strips of paper attached to the sleeve of this sixth album. It’s the touch of an artist who wants his non-preachy messages of community breakdown, chemical overload, genetic modification and marine pollution made accessible to listeners who miss the occasional word - Lloyd is after all (in his own words), one of New Zealand’s only true natural accent rappers. Described as an album of hip hop-inspired songs for smart people, ‘SILENTinvisible’ is lush with beats, synths, samples and scratching, masterfully composed and produced by Lloyd with the help of friends with accordions, pianos, flutes and a bouzouki. Lloyd grew into his baggy trousers as a high-school rapper with Dark Tower in the ‘90s and has since developed a fine ear for beat poetry and spoken word that he weaves through the album in interesting interludes.