Tyree: Now or Never
By Gareth Shute
More proof that NZ hip hop can now stand alongside US hip hop in terms of rapping talent and production styles. In fact, there is little to distinguish this album from an American release, aside from the fact that Tyree is throwing local currency up in the air on the insert of the CD cover. Indeed this release is designed to catch ears in the US. It is out by Move the Crowd Records which includes New York-based Kirk Harding, hence the international guests who turn up on a number of tracks as producers or rhymers. FBI do show some great production skills on Whoa though local ace Juse shows his own deft touch on Outplayed. The track which stands out most is the club-stomping anthem Ladies and Gentlemen, which had already received a good run on local TV and radio. It is just disappointing that this album as a whole doesn't have more to distinguish itself from the pack, a track like Ryders seems as generic as it could possibly get. The jazzy radio skits between some songs I could also do without.