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Take It or Squeeze It
     

Take It or Squeeze It

by The Beatnuts
 

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It's hard to champion a pair of reprobates obsessing over marijuana and oral sex (not necessarily in that order) -- except under the dire state of emergency that is hip-hop during the reign of King Puff. With their eighth album in a dozen years, rappers/producers Psycho Les and Ju Ju recall the carefree funk of old-school hip-hop, minus the self-conscious nostalgia of

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It's hard to champion a pair of reprobates obsessing over marijuana and oral sex (not necessarily in that order) -- except under the dire state of emergency that is hip-hop during the reign of King Puff. With their eighth album in a dozen years, rappers/producers Psycho Les and Ju Ju recall the carefree funk of old-school hip-hop, minus the self-conscious nostalgia of West Coast contemporaries Jurassic Five and Dilated Peoples. The Beatnuts also show love for the underground without resorting to witless mayhem à la MOP, and roll ghetto-authentic without once invoking the litany of brand names, record sales, and real estate acquisitions de riguer for the Bad Boy/Ruff Ryder set. What's left is old-fashioned creative hip-hop, from the rambunctious "It's Da Nuts" (as stripped down as anything off Tribe's Low End Theory) to the neck-snappin' "No Escapin' This" and the guitar-powered "Let's Git Doe." Although Da Nuts' laser-beam focus on sex and blunt smoke won't win them any literary awards, they deserve props for their intelligible flow and rhythmic breaks. Their one concession to popular rap conventions is the inclusion of a long roster of guest shots. But as they've invited rugged talent such as DJ Tony Touch (lighting up "Prendelo"), Nice-N-Smooth's Greg Nice ("Yo Yo Yo"), and Method Man (tearing into a remix of "Se Acabo"), it's obvious these guys weren't concerned with marketing singles. And that, like the bulk of Take It or Squeeze It, is a welcome departure from hip-hop's commercialized norm.

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Once again, Take It or Squeeze It proves just how inventive the Beatnuts can get behind the production boards; the beats, samples, and found-sounds they employ result in some of their most colorful tracks to date. Unfortunately, their rhymes and songwriting don't quite measure up to their soundscapes. The guys often fall back on classic hip-hop clichés -- smoking, boasting, partying -- and while these sort of rhymes no doubt keep the energy level high and the vibes carefree, their playful, freewheeling attitude isn't a highlight in and of itself. Standout beats, standard rhymes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Relativity
UPC:
0088561190620
catalogNumber:
1906

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Performance Credits

Beatnuts   Primary Artist
Chris Chandler   Vocals
G-Wiz   Keyboards,Talk Box
Claudette Sierra   Vocals
Lenny Underwood   Keyboards
Method Man   Track Performer
Greg Nice   Vocals
Tony Touch   Track Performer
Zhana   Vocals
Kerry DeBruce   Rendering
Triple Seis   Track Performer
Problemz   Track Performer
Willie Stubz   Track Performer
Angie   Vocals
Sunni Fitch   Vocals

Technical Credits

Beatnuts   Producer,Executive Producer
David Bett   Art Direction
Tariq   Contributor
Steve Sola   Engineer
Ju-Ju   Contributor
Psycho Les   Contributor
Kerry DeBruce   Collage
Pablo Puente   Engineer

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