Jul 5, 2014

The Beatnuts


Do you remember the first compact disc you bought with your own money?

Faced with the 1994 choice between Nas' Illmatic, Organized Konfusion’s Stress: The Extinction Agenda, Jeru The Damaja's The Sun Rises in the East and The Beatnuts’ first full-length, I walked out of the record store with Fashion, Juju & Psycho Les.
 
I somewhat marvel at how I arrived at that choice but considering I was making an important musical investment, I needed to make sure I was getting as many bangers for my bucks as possible.

I thought back to 1990-91 when I first learned of The Beatnuts. I saw their name was among the credits of my A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm cassette.  The Can I Kick It? video would give me a glimpse at what I would later know Juju to look like. 




Nas was only 10 tracks deep and Stress was slightly longer but Beatnuts was approaching epic hip hop album status. Nas was new and I was fully aware he was a legend in the making. I knew Stress was and would be Organized Konfusion’s best album.  My logic was that if the near 20 tracks of their 1994 CD were as good as or better than the Funky Lemonade remix than it was a sure-shot.



With all of that Beatnuts hip hop history, it was clear I was going to buy their CD.  I firmly knew Beatnuts would give me the flavors, vibes and variety of sounds I would need.  Considering that I got my Beatnuts CD signed by Psycho Les when I got to see them perform in Montreal for their first time, I never regretted that decision. It was the best choice I could have made.

I caught a The Beatnuts performance at Cabaret Underworld last year.  



The hosts of the Wu-Block show at Club Soda announced there were some special guests in the house before the headliners hit the stage.


To our delight, The Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja & Sticky Fingaz stepped on stage one after the other. They were in Montreal for their performance at Cabaret Underworld the following night. As Psycho Les told me, they wanted to check out Ghostface. They did indeed. 


There were more hip hop vibes at Cabaret Underworld for me.



I caught The Beatnuts’ first Montreal concert shortly after buying their classic Street Level CD.  Unfortunately, Juju was not on stage with them. I had a lot more respect for Fashion/Al Tariq after that night. Some nearly 20 years later, I saw Juju on stage in front of me two nights in a row.


I got to witness the dynamite Beatnuts duo perform together for the first time. When I think back to their classics from the 1993 EP all the way up to later tracks like Watch Out Now, their set list is guaranteed to be hot on any night they are on stage.  I had a great time as did those in attendance with me.  




Thank you to The Beatnuts and Cabaret Underworld promoters & organizers for a night of classic hip hop fire.




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The Suite Delight - April 8 2014 Playlist:


1. Big L - Put It On feat. Kid Capri
2. Common - Resurrection
3. O.C. - Time's Up
4. Big Pun - Super Lyrical feat. Black Thought
5. 2Pac - Ambitionz of a Ridah
6. Jay-Z - This Can't Be Life feat. Scarface
7. Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep
8. Nice & Smooth - Early To Rise
9. The Beatnuts - Off The Books
10. Cypress Hill - Hits From The Bong
11. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother
12. Black Moon - I Got Cha Opin
13. Smif-N-Wessun - Bucktown
14. Nas - The World Is Yours (Remix)

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