Street Level

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All Music Guide - Victor W. Valdivia
The Beatnuts' first full-length album is as pure a document of raw, hardcore hip-hop circa 1994 as is possible to get. No pop hooks, no slick production, no ballads or lyrics about money and girls. The individual cuts don't really stand out, instead flowing seamlessly into a powerful whole. It's almost a period piece, given the way that hip-hop eventually gave way, as the '90s progressed, to the excessive bling-bling of the Puff Daddy era, but it also sounds strikingly minimalist and stark, which prevents it from sounding too dated. In retrospect, with its emphasis on lean, jazzy beats and lyrical flow, it can clearly be viewed as a harbinger of the underground ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Victor W. Valdivia
The Beatnuts' first full-length album is as pure a document of raw, hardcore hip-hop circa 1994 as is possible to get. No pop hooks, no slick production, no ballads or lyrics about money and girls. The individual cuts don't really stand out, instead flowing seamlessly into a powerful whole. It's almost a period piece, given the way that hip-hop eventually gave way, as the '90s progressed, to the excessive bling-bling of the Puff Daddy era, but it also sounds strikingly minimalist and stark, which prevents it from sounding too dated. In retrospect, with its emphasis on lean, jazzy beats and lyrical flow, it can clearly be viewed as a harbinger of the underground hip-hop of the late '90s such as Company Flow and the Def Jux crew, all the more ironic since at the time the Beatnuts were widely considered just a half-step removed from the mainstream, which is not to say that it is dry and arch, since any album with cuts like "Lick the Pussy" and "Psycho Dwarfs" isn't attempting to be overly thoughtful or intellectual. Even if the lack of lyrical depth and reliance on cheap humor the last sound on the album is a belch can get a bit wearying, the impressive production and skilled flow are still a welcome sound. Though mainstream hip-hop fans will probably find Street Level too spare and monotonous, hardcore hip-hop fans will find it a welcome addition to their collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Relativity
  • UPC: 088561117924
  • Catalog Number: 1179
  • Sales rank: 38,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:46)
  2. 2 Ya Don't Stop (3:06)
  3. 3 Props over Here (4:00)
  4. 4 Hellraiser (3:10)
  5. 5 Are You Ready (3:14)
  6. 6 Superbad (3:56)
  7. 7 Straight Jacket (3:56)
  8. 8 Let off a Couple (1:43)
  9. 9 Rik's Joint (4:01)
  10. 10 Fried Chicken (3:57)
  11. 11 Yeah You Get Props (3:29)
  12. 12 Get Funky (3:37)
  13. 13 Hit Me with That (3:36)
  14. 14 2-3 Break (3:17)
  15. 15 Lick the P*ssy (4:18)
  16. 16 Sandwiches (1:43)
  17. 17 Psycho Dwarf (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatnuts Primary Artist
Lenny Underwood Keyboards
Al Tariq Group Member
DJ Sinister scratching
Technical Credits
Mark Farner Composer
The Beatnuts Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Troy Hightower Engineer
Rich Keller Engineer
Kirk Yano Engineer
Lucien Producer
David Bett Art Direction
Chris Lighty Producer, Executive Producer
Peter Kang Producer, Executive Producer
V.I.C. Producer
Jerry Tineo Composer
Lester Fernandez Composer
Bertony Smalls Composer
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