There is no denying that the Beatnuts have had their share of hit tracks.
Songs like “Off the Books” and “Watch Out Now” have carried the Beatnuts’ previous two albums, while the duo has struggled to put fourth an all-around solid collection.
Fortunately, the Beatnuts have finally done so with their fourth full-length album “Take it or Squeeze it.”
The album starts off with “It’s Da Nuts,” featuring ex-Beatnut member Al Tariq. Juju and Psycho Les both have tight verses that sound great over the raw, distinct beat. Another raw beat follows on “Prendelo (Light it Up),” featuring Tony Touch. The samples at the end of the song only make it more entertaining.
The hot beats keep on coming with “Contact.” Juju has a nice delivery on the rhymes “In New York we smoke chocolate / Keep a loaded gun in the cockpit / And almost every night we on the block lit.” The beat is again distinct and breaks into a slow R&B groove for a minute before changing back up to the original.
The hardcore rhymes and grimy beats keep coming on the tracks “Who’s Comin’ Wit’” and “U Don’t Want It,” featuring Triple Seis.
This album also has the breakout singles that have held together the Beatnuts’ other projects, the best track here being the first single, “No Escapin’ This.” Fans of “Watch Out Now” might not find this track as entertaining, but in most aspects it is a much better song. The lyrics on “No Escapin’ This” are more true to the Beatnuts’ style and the vocal sample used is just as hot as the up-tempo beat on “Watch Out Now”. The other track that might hit radio stations hard is “Se Acabo (Remix),” featuring Method Man. The rhymes
are tight yet again and the beat ranks right along the disc’s best.
The only drawback to be seen on this album is the inclusion of a few songs aimed at club play. “Yo Yo Yo” has a great beat and lyrics but is blatantly aimed at the dance crowd. Greg Nice shows up on the track and adds his trademark echo rhymes that work nicely. “Let’s Git Doe,” featuring Fatman Scoop, doesn’t fare as well. Again aimed for the club-scene, this track has Scoop’s trademark yelling over the track. Anyone who knows Scoop knows that
his appearance adds nothing to the track at all.
Throughout “Take it or Squeeze it” the Beatnuts have top-notch beats laced with creative and tight rhymes. Almost, if not all of the tracks are tolerable making this the best Beatnut release to date.
After hearing the production on this album, it has to be only a matter of time before the heavy-hitters in rap are calling the Beatnuts for more production work on other albums.