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Smashproof - Forever Album Review

13 Feb 2014 // A review by Dilemma

It's been 6 long years since Smashproof burst on the scene with Gin Wigmore singing the quintessential south auckland hit Brother. In 2009 they released their first album The Weekend and finally Smashproof have put together a new album called Forever. The newest release from the South Auckland boys has only one downfall and that is that there are only 7 tracks which barely makes it a full blown album and is not nearly enough to satisfy the need for more decent and organic NZ hip hop.

Unlike The WeekendForever is a 'collection of songs', and focuses more on the new digital age where each song on the album is being treated almost like a single, with a different style and feel, and with different ways to engage their audience. Forever is a diverse look into the personal lives of each of the group members, and includes those heartfelt, socially poignant, and memorable songs for which they have become so well known for with the general public, as well as the club/mixtape tracks which made them so popular on the streets of New Zealand.

The opening blast of Smashproof Watt takes cues from the old school style "roof on fire" hook and generic G-Unit beats. L.A.B the second track is a bass-thumping club pumper. "All we need are liquor and boom bangers" perfectly bringing together Tyree's hooks, Sidney Diamond's and Deach's commanding verses working proof that they're still having a blast together and still got it. The third track and epic title track has a Coldplay-style guitar riff flowing through it and a 'live for today' chorus, while Out of this world and survivor feat. Pieter T's sweet voice, include uplifting pop hooks and a great message not just for the youth they are role models for, but anyone who listens to this album. The final two tracks are Get By and Paint Fade featuring Drew perfectly round out such an eclectic album. 

Forever proves the South Auckland hip-hop trio - Deach, Tyree and Sidney Diamond (Young Sid) - still have a winning combo and if you loved Brother, you will love this too!

 

About Smashproof

Forming like a Hip Hop Voltron, Smashproof comprise of the smooth Tyree, the street-smart Sid Diamond and the suave Deach. They have arisen from the rugged streets of South Auckland to conquer the Hip-Hop world.

Flanking listeners with critically acclaimed solo albums from Tyree (Now Or Never) and Sid Diamond (The Truth), as well as collaborative contributions to Juse's Global Casino (on the hit single Ride Till I Die) as well as Move The Crowd's Speed Of Sound mix CD series, and their initial Tales From The Southside mix CD hosted by Akon, and comprised of remixes Tyree completed for NYC based labels SRC and Ruff Ryders, Smashproof have created a catalogue of tracks to cater to all within the Hip-Hop spectrum, initiating a cult following from the streets to the penthouses.

The debut single from Smashproof, Brother broke the 23 year old record for the most consecutive weeks on the NZ singles chart at #1 by a New Zealand artist, going Double Platinum. The album, which is Gold in NZ, also boasts two other top 20 singles.

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Releases

Forever
Year: 2014
Type: Album
The Weekend
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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