Queens duo of Psycho Les and Junkyard JuJu have lasted longer than anyone
thought they could thanks to the niche they created for themselves in
the Hip Hop industry. These guys have been through a lot of drama in
the industry, as they've never had a great label situation, got one
of their most-recognized beats stolen by none other than J.Lo, and never
really blew up past the highest underground level in Hip Hop. You can't
call the Beatnuts superstars, but you also can't deny their place among
Hip Hop's elite, as they've weathered the storm and stayed true to their
original formula that they've perfected on "Milk Me."
Thanks to lots of crate-digging, banging drums, and a completely original
sound, the Beatnuts' in-house production has given them that funky sound
that everyone recognizes as the 'Nuts. While the Beatnuts are behind
Hip Hop classics like "Beatnuts Forever," "Watch Out
Now," and "Off the Books," their new album follows the
trends of their previous albums, banging beats and sub-par lyrics with
some star-studded guest appearances. Keep in mind that no one's ever
bought a Beatnuts album to hear what they have to say. It's all about
the beats. Psycho Les and JuJu have never failed to deliver fans with
classic beats over feel-good party lyrics. The bottom line is that the
Beatnuts won't deliver a classic album like "Illmatic," but
they will deliver a high-quality Hip Hop album that won't leave you
disappointed at the end.
"Milk Me's" first leak was "Hot," which features
old-school legend Greg Nice and a crazy horn sample. With a simple hook
and banging beat, "Hot" is sure to have all the Beatnuts'
fans nodding along. "Hot" sets everyone up for the lead single
featuring Akon, "Find Us." This is a certified club-banger
and one of the hottest Beatnuts records to drop in a long time. Akon's
been getting a lot of shine lately for his "Locked Up" track
with Styles P, and he adds the knockout punch on here as Psycho Les
and JuJu will have everyone getting drunk on the Beatnuts sound again.
One of the best tracks on "Milk Me," the duo's sixth album,
is "Buggin,'" which features old school MC Prince Whipper
Whip. Whipper Whip never really made it big, but his old-school flow
on this track will take you back to the old-school rhymes of Kurtis
Blow and the Treacherous Three. State Property's Freeway comes through
on the catchy "U Nahmasayin," which comes off as one of the
best tracks on "Milk Me." Les and Ju set Free up perfectly
as he comes through on the last verse with his patented high-pitched
flow. On tracks like this and "We Getting Paper," which features
former Terror Squadrian Triple Seis, the 'Nuts get outshined lyrically
by their guests, but that's how it's supposed to be. You don't go to
the Beatnuts for lyrics, just like you don't go to Playboy for the articles.
If you want beats, holla at Les and JuJu.
"Confused Rappers" is a track that has JuJu addressing the
beat-jacking situation with Jennifer Lopez, who made the hit "Jenny
From the Block" with the same beat as "Watch Out Now."
An interesting side note about "Watch Out Now" is that there
are five different versions recorded, and the original was supposed
to be for the first Violator compilation, but the Violator heads chose
"Beatnuts Forever" instead. Anyways, Big Ju gets at Jenny
with the lines "you know you haven't been to the block for a minute/getting
all the little Latin girls to bite/when you really can't sing and you're
no Salma Hayek." "Milk Me" is not an album that is going
to blow you away. It's not as tight as their older albums like "Stone
Crazy," but it is better than their last effort, "The Originators."
The Beatnuts will never fall off completely though, because they have
carved their own place in the game that no one can touch. With rare
samples chopped to perfection and simple party lyrics, this is definitely
an album that you'll want to blast out your system.