Friday, February 20, 2009

Random iPod Track of the Week - The Beatnuts ft. Big Pun and Cuban Link "Off The Books"

I got all fired up when I heard "Off The Books" bump on the system this morning on the way to work.  This is such a nasty track and has to be one of Big Pun's best rhymes of all time.  Dude is just on point and slices the beat like a razor.  Check this:

Big Pun:
Hey yo it's all love, but love's got a thin line
and Pun's got a big nine, respect crime but not when it reflect mine
The shit I'm on is wrong but it lasts long
Pull a fast one, then Pun'll wake up, with the stash gone
I'm mad strong, and my cream is fast
Smoke the greenest grass, my bitch got the meanest ass
and a taste legit, I don't have to waste a whole case of Crist'
All it takes is my pretty face and my gangsta wit
Lace the click, cause we all share
It's all fair like love and war, thug galore with the long hair
Big Pun, Pun the name that makes the kids run
Like spelling murder reverse it deliver redrum
Come one, come all, if you wanna brawl
I'm the mighty Thor clotheslining motherfuckers like Steven Segall
Cause all you gonna get, is your ass kicked or up in a casket
That's it (that's it?) That's it

SICK!!!!  Everyone stepped up their lyrical game on this track but it's the beat that makes it so good.  The Beatnuts are one of most underrated beatmakers/producers in the Hip Hop game and are slept on quite a bit.  I haven't heard from them in awhile so I don't know what they are up to but I am sure Juju and Psycho Les are making dope beats for someone out there.  They are too good to let that talent go to waste. 

I have most, if not all of their albums and every single track has a dope beat and/or a crazy sample that will get your head noddin'.  If you pay close enough attention, you can hear them sampling Sesame Street, kids records and some other crazy shit.  They are crazy!  Cop some old Beatnuts albums if you want to hear some real Hip Hop.  You won't be disappointed.  

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