Photo credit: Jamie McCready
Team Dynamite announce their return with ‘Who?’ ft Diggy Dupé, the lead single from their forthcoming album. The track introduces fans to the new Team Dynamite – older, more focused, and ready to show the scene their new material.
“It’s a 16 bar motivational anthem to myself, where I am trying to convince myself that I am good – in this case it’s about making music,” says Tony Teez. “I’m talking to myself and anyone else who might find it relatable. I think it’s a warning shot and reminder with a subtle wussup to our lovely peers in the industry and to all our supporters, letting everyone know that Team Dynamite is still here alive and winning.“
“The beats are more advanced boom bap and the boys are more mature lyrically, physically and mentally but have still got that Dynamite sound that everyone knows,” Haz Beats says.
It’s been a long wait for new Team Dynamite music, with ‘Who?’ a teaser for what’s to come on the full album, due to be released on digitally via DRM and on vinyl by Years Gone By Records this August.
“I’m proud of the fact we made songs that people have enjoyed,” says Lucky Lance. “We’re brothers first, music comes second we just had to figure out if we were all still on the same page musically… We are.”
‘Who?’ is out today on streaming services. Made with thanks to NZ On Air.
About Team Dynamite
Team Dynamite formed in the late 2000s after aspiring teenage MCs Lucky Lance and Tony Teez decided to take hip hop beyond their weekend freestyle sessions at a local park. An introduction to producer Haz Beats provided the beats they were missing, and suddenly Team Dynamite was a legitimate group, building a reputation for dance-floor friendly hip hop and becoming mainstays of the Young Gifted & Broke collective.
The group released The Demo Tape in 2010, Shepherds Delight in 2014 and Never Again EP in 2015. They’ve collaborated with a who’s who of New Zealand music including Che Fu, @peace, Laughton Kora and Bailey Wiley. They dominated the 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards with no less than four nominations, going on to win best video for ‘Coconut Lime’ from Shepherds Delight.Their high energy live show saw the group play major festivals including Homegrown and Rhythm & Vines, and be invited to support Ladi6 on a nationwide tour, as well as supporting international acts – sharing the bill with DJ Premier and Pete Rock was a highlight.
Team Dynamite went quiet for the last few years, with just a couple of singles to keep fans intrigued. They’ve focused on other projects – music and otherwise. Tony is a youth worker, Lance has a clothing brand and Haz continues to make beats and produce music, notably for Avantdale Bowling Club and Miloux, as well as touring with the re-formed Home Brew.
Finally, Team Dynamite are back, with their first full length album since Shepherds Delight, to be released later this year on Years Gone By Records.