I’m too wavy for this, thanks SmZ
The SmZ brand is legit, with great logos and solid features on multiple tracks. I went to the blog immediately, in hopes of seeing WHY there weren’t some tours yet, even if they were in Stockholm, and the most recent update mentions “Blogs are a great way to connect with your audience and keep them coming back. They can also be a great way to position yourself as an authority in your field…” and I thought that was admirable! And then–I just now realized that these are sample blog posts that the host includes until the owner posts their own… I mean, SmZ could still be a leader in hip-hop, though! Maybe their blog will let us know how that’s going in the future. In the meantime, I’ll write about what I’ve heard from the six singles currently released.
In the title of this article I mention being wavy af, and I figure I should let you plebs know that I mean by that: so in SmZ’s song “Wavy,” when he parties, he gets wavy. So like… when he’s drinking, he gets wavy, and when he wears his shades, even though it looks ‘shady,’ he does it because he’s wavy. You probably don’t understand yet, because it’s on the bleeding edge, but you can still get wavy in the club on the DL.
When he’s not wavy, and getting my shoulders shimmying like Carrie Brownstein, his songs are a classed-up rap with some subdued trap beats. Like in “Take Cover,” when they rap about guns and street cred, the overall instrumental seems to suggest that even though he “keeps heat like a casserole dish,” that he’s softer than all that. I’m not sure if this is a conscious choice to pair this softened beat with such macabre lyrics, but it creates an interesting tone.
“We Don’t Play” is a stand-out track because it provides an amazing array of world-influence, from middle-eastern to reggae-like vocal backing. This track could have easily left me miffed from bad producing, but the levels are fucking ace. The vocals dip in and out at perfect intervals, and I think they’re talking about smoking weed but I keep getting distracted from what I can only assume to be Indian-inspired instrumentals.
I’ll admit that I’m coming at this from an ethnocentric point of view because maybe it’s not so much that SmZ is intentionally integrating worldly influences, but that it’s an integral part of their composition. This becomes apparent in “Roll A Wheel With A Stick” when the lyrics present themes of poverty and lack of upward mobility in society.
Overall, I have to seriously commend SmZ for providing both entertaining, solid hip-hop, and also including sociological commentary, even if unintentionally. Themes of family, poverty, and violence are important themes to the genre, and to the often marginalized impoverished groups of people who create rap and hip-hop. So whether SmZ is about to get ‘wavy’ or ‘take cover,’ they’ve got more than a handful of hits on their hands, and I hope they make it to the world-wide mainstream, ASAFP.
Listen to them, wherever you’re from: