Published Dec 13, 2012For Crooklin and Junia-T, Think It's A Game? is more of a statement than a question. The Brovaz say the album was ten years in the making — that's commitment in any relationship. Standouts "Cassarine" and "Paper Planes" set the tone off the top, combining old-school tastes with personal idiosyncrasies. The former, an autobiographical ode to hip-hop, basks in its jazzy wispiness. It runs well after Crook's last bar, 'til the final whistle blows. The latter, "Planes," brings that chopped Wu vibe, but unlike actual contemporary Wu-Tang jams, leaves in its drum break. Sinking deeper, "TO 2 LA" bolsters a skittering, trap-y beat the Brovaz nabbed from Intricate Sound at SXSW. It's a fiery epistle for the world market that has both MCs literally horking rhymes about their grind, which, according to them, "don't stop." For a duo that'd roll up to open mic nights at the now-defunct Hootch bar in a drop-top Volkswagen, Smash Brovaz rarely fall for nostalgia's stale trap, which is just further proof of their unbridled commitment.
Read our exclusive Smash Brovaz interview here. (Independent)