RHYTHM STAGE | 31st DEC
Last year, after over a decade of friendship and six years as a creative collective, the self-proclaimed (and self-styled) “Hawaiian shirt mafia” released their first album, SmokeyGotBeatz presents SWIDT vs Everybody. Their sophomore effort is due for release mid-year. SWIDT vs Everybody is highly produced, bassy rap with layered beats – some sampled, some created by Smokey. Music videos drip-fed to YouTube feature iconic Onehunga landmarks such as Penny Lane’s Bakery, Ollies ice cream parlour, corner dairies and neighbourhoods of state houses.
A 2016 clip for their song ‘No More Parties in Stoneyhunga’ – a response to Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘No More Parties in LA’ – opens to the 40 or so members of SWIDT’s clique chilling on the underside of Māngere Bridge. Lyrics deftly swoop through themes from the nine-to-five grind to fast food to social media. “We just rap about where we’re from, what we see, what we know and our experiences,” says SPYCC. “We’re from a low socio-economic background, so whatever goes on in those areas, that’s what we lived.”