Potheads: No Myths, Just Legends
By Sean McWilliams
Ask most casual music listeners and they will probably try and tell you that NZ hip hop peaked in 2003; that Scribe's 'The Crusader' is the high water mark of a now receding movement, and that the successes of King Kapisi, Mareko, Dei Hamo et al are unlikely to be repeated. That's one school of thought, but it's one generally aligned to a strict sense of commercialism and dollar signs. More informed observers will tell you that hip hop's retreat back to the underground is for the better, and a new wave of artists will soon rise. In the last year or two, albums from the likes of Tha Robber, Tourettes, Young Sid, Kolab and others have demonstrated that our hip hop is alive and kicking, thanks very much, and adding to the list of sweet albums by guys you may well have never heard of is this one from Auckland duo Potheads. Mean beats, great rhymes and production, this is far more reminiscent of the likes of RZA & ODB than anything I've heard in Kiwi hip hop before. 'No Myths, Just Legends' is a genuinely compelling debut, and a stark reminder that greatness in this genre could be lurking just below the surface.