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Dilz - Album Review: Word Smith

27 Oct 2016 // A review by Kerry Kingi

Dilz is a Rapper from Foxton. He started in 2012 with a fresh voice in Hip-Hop and has been continuously working and writing new music.

Everyone knows a Blacksmith moulds metal into shapes and objects, Dilz' new 18 track album recently released in September is titled Word Smith which is very fitting as this mixtape displays potential and skills in rapping, rhymes, dynamics and quality beats produced with Starsky at Madstak Studios.

My first impression is that his rapping style is similar to Eminem and PNC, but the more you listen the more individual, unique and different his style really is.

The Intro Word Smith (feat. Smith) has an old school Death Row Recordings Hip-Hop vibe with a smooth rap style from Smith. Track 3 Underestimated has a dubstep/ garage drumbeat with interesting spiraling sirens which works in the mix with Dilz' ultra fast rapping style. The following song Ghetto Qu'ran is a nice lush 90s sounding Hip-Hop song.

My favourite song on the album is My Time (with prod by Starsky) with its elevating basslines, smooth keys and brilliant rapping flow, this track has some outstanding production showing the skills of rapping that makes you want to dance! Each track is over or just shy of 2 minutes long.

Dilz definitely has his own style and an ultra fast tongue! It's easy to see he has mastered the art of rapping and he could potentially rhyme over any genre.

It's nice to see the underground Hip-Hop scene in NZ making a comeback. The evidence is strong in this production.

4½ Stars


Review written by Kerry Kingi

 

About Dilz

Dilz is a 25 year old Hip Hop artist from New Zealand with a fresh voice and creative lyrics. Every day he is striving towards achieving his goal of creating the perfect balance between underground and mainstream music.

His album Metamorphosis debuted at #2 on the New Zealand Hip Hop charts and he has racked up over half a million views on his YouTube platform alone. Dilz has a number of accolades under his belt including collaborating with Rhythm + Flow's runner up, Flawless Real Talk and one of Australian's biggest independent artists, Bmike. He has also worked with renown NZ artists such as Scribe, Smashproof, J Williams and Mikey Mayz.

Dilz is no stranger to performing having headlined two national tours. He has also opened for the likes of Sid Diamond, Che Fu, Donell Lewis, Kennyon Brown, DJ Noiz, Lion Rezz, Lomez Brown, and completed a mini North Island tour with The Crusader himself, Scribe.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dilz

Releases

Metamorphosis
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Three And A Half Seas
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Scrapbook
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Renovation: Reconstruction
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Word Smith
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Hook Ups
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Renovation
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Wish Me Luck
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Better Days To Come
Year: 2013
Type: Album

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