10 Jul 2020

Auckland hip hop trio Team Dynamite share new single ‘Dragon Fruit’ ft. Louis Baker

From RNZ Music, 8:00 am on 10 July 2020

‘Dragon Fruit’ is the second single from their new record Respect The Process due out later this year on Tom Scott’s Years Gone By Records.

Team Dynamite made a triumphant return earlier this year with ‘Who?’ the first single from their forthcoming album Respect The Process, their first long player since 2014’s Shepherd’s Delight.

Today they’ve shared follow-up single ‘Dragon Fruit’, which features Wellington soul singer Louis Baker.

Team Dynamite formed in the late 2000s by MCs Lucky Lance and Tony Teez. They met producer Haz Beats and began building a reputation for dance-floor friendly hip hop. The group became mainstays of the Young Gifted & Broke collective.

Their releases include 2010’s The Demo Tape, 2014’s Shepherd’s Delight, and 2015 EP Never Again, and they’ve collaborated with everyone from Che Fu, @peace, Laughton Kora and Bailey Wiley.

Team Dynamite dominated the 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards with no less than four nominations, going on to win best video for ‘Coconut Lime’ from Shepherd’s Delight.

Team Dynamite

Team Dynamite Photo: Supplied

The new track reveals a more mature Team Dynamite: “Dragon Fruit represents the honourable and enjoyable ways that we live our lives, the essence of what fills our tanks and keeps us living a life of purpose,” Lucky Lance says.

Featured vocalist Louis Baker says working with Team Dynamite has been on the cards for a while: “I’ve known these guys for years, and have always admired their musicality and the intellect in their rhymes,” Louis says.

Shot on Auckland’s West Coast, the video for ‘Dragon Fruit’ was created by talented young director Connor Pritchard.

‘Dragon Fruit’ ft. Louis Baker is out now on streaming services via DRM. Team Dynamite's second LP Respect The Process is coming soon on Years Gone By Records.

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