TYSON TYLER: Reality Cheque
By Kate Foster
Slick and authentic are the words that immediately spring to mind in describing Aucklander Tyson Tyler’s debut album busting out through Breakin Wreckwordz. ‘Reality Cheque’ has smooth Tyler commiserating with the common man in relation to dead end jobs and opportunities for fame laid tastily over delectable beats mixed and tweaked by Supergroove’s Karl Steven. Effortlessly listenable, this album smacks of international style, shown in spades on the original and massive remix of Monstars Ink, the latter featuring peak-condition Young Sid in addition to Monsta Ganjah and Flowz. Although the entire album is strong, Fame 101 is a touching and honest piece, of which the theme should be obvious. Here sampling is used to gritty perfection, introducing the track with a snippet of some long since aired current affairs show discussing the issue with a member of our youth. Everything about ‘Reality Cheque’ screams quality, from the glitzy sliver digipak to the skimming over the different crunky-to-electro flavours of hip hop, all with the same integrity and talent. Tyson Tyler has arrived with a debut disc worth sitting up and giving your full attention to.