You Can't Stop the Bum Rush
|You Can't Stop the Bum Rush|
|Studio album by Len|
|Released||May 25, 1999|
The album featured the top ten hit "Steal My Sunshine", which was previously featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 comedy thriller Go. It also managed to peak at No. 46 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and go Gold in the U.S. The album had a mostly positive response from critics as well. Unfortunately, the smashup that followed killed the combo's momentum and "Sunshine" became remembered through '90s compilation albums. One track on the album, "The Hard Disk Approach" features lyrics entirely in German and uses a motorik beat to emulate the style of krautrock bands.
The album also featured Buck 65 on the cover of the album, although he reportedly declined an offer to join the band. Despite this, he provides record scratches on the track "Cold Chillin'".
|The New York Times||(positive)|
You Can't Stop the Bum Rush received a mildy positive reception from music critics who praised the genre-hopping in the tracks and the light-hearted delivery used for them. John Bush of AllMusic found the rapping offbeat and the album a lesser version of the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty but said that the production was "excellent" and the tracks "enjoyable", concluding that "the album's few derivative qualities never really get in the way of an enjoyable listen." Tony Scherman of The New York Times credited the album for offering more than just "Steal My Sunshine" by dabbling into different genres, highlighting the four hip-hop songs for being injected with a sunny demeanor, concluding that: "Any unheralded group that cuts an album with at least a half-dozen memorable songs, and two addictive ones, deserves special attention." Karen Schoemer of Rolling Stone praised Marc Costanzo for his versatile production on the album and for being an alternative to Fred Durst by being goofy and less serious, concluding that: "Twelve years ago, these guys might have been Camper Van Beethoven, taking the piss out of college rock. Today, another genre needs them more."
|1.||"Steal My Sunshine"||Marc Costanzo, Gregg Diamond||Mumble C||4:25|
|2.||"Cryptik Souls Crew"||M. Costanzo, P. Rae, Tony Camillo||Mumble C||4:24|
|3.||"Man of the Year"||M. Costanzo, Derek Mackenzie, Brian Higgins||Mumble C||5:07|
|4.||"Beautiful Day" (featuring Biz Markie)||M. Costanzo, B. Higgins, D. Mackenzie, Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati||Fisher and Big King||2:46|
|5.||"The Hard Disk Approach"||M. Costanzo, Felix Wittholz, Brendan Canning||Mumble C||3:04|
|6.||"Hot Rod Monster Jam"||M. Costanzo, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Berry Gordy, William Robinson, Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover||Mumble C||4:06|
|7.||"Cold Chillin'" (featuring Kurtis Blow)||M. Costanzo, D. Mackenzie, K. Walker||Mumble C||3:26|
|8.||"Feelin' Alright"||M. Costanzo, D. Mackenzie, Sharon Costanzo, Michael Bruce, Spencer Lynn Kirkpatrick||Mumble C||3:59|
|9.||"Cheeky Bugger"||M. Costanzo||Mumble C||1:44|
|10.||"Big Meanie"||M. Costanzo, Grover Washington Jr.||Mumble C||4:07|
|11.||"June Bug"||M. Costanzo||Mumble C||3:59|
|12.||"Crazy 'Cause I Believe (Early Morning Sunshine)"||M. Costanzo, D. Wilson, F. Werner||Mumble C||3:00|
13. "Drunc'n Moves" (Bonus Track)
- "Cryptik Souls Crew" and "Hot Rod Monster Jam" features cuts by Buck 65 and Mr. Dibbs.
- "Cold Chillin'" features cuts by Mr. Dibbs and DJ Moves.
- "Steal My Sunshine", samples "More, More, More" performed by Andrea True Connection
- "Cryptik Souls Crew", samples "Dynomite" performed by Bazuka and "Let's Have Some Fun" performed by The Bar-Kays.
- "Beautiful Day", samples "A Girl Like You" performed by John Travolta.
- "Hot Rod Monster Jam", samples "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" performed by The Tokens, "White Lines (Don't Do It)" performed by Melle Mel, "Shop Around" by The Miracles and "Do Your Duty" by Beat Master Clay.
- "Cold Chillin'", samples "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" by Big Daddy Kane and "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD.
- "Feelin' Alright", samples "Let Me Down Easy" by Hydra.
- "Big Meanie", samples "Hydra" by Grover Washington, Jr..
- "Steal My Sunshine"
- "Feelin' Alright"
- "Cryptik Souls Crew"
Adapted from the You Can't Stop the Bum Rush inlay notes.
Cryptik Souls Crew
Charts and certifications
|US Billboard 200||46|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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