Nervous Breakdown (Fu-Schnickens album)

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Nervous Breakdown
Nervous Breakdown (Fu-Schnickens album) cover.jpg
Studio album by Fu-Schnickens
Released October 25, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop
Length 40:46
Label Jive
Producer Diamond D, K-Cut, Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick, Lyvio G., Jim Nice
Fu-Schnickens chronology
F.U. Don't Take It Personal
Nervous Breakdown
Singles from Nervous Breakdown
  1. "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)"
    Released: June 8, 1993
  2. "Breakdown"
    Released: October 25, 1994
  3. "Sum Dum Munkey"
    Released: February 20, 1995

Nervous Breakdown is the second and last studio album from American hip hop group Fu-Schnickens, released October 25, 1994 on Jive Records.

The album peaked at number eighty-one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice A–[2]

Nervous Breakdown peaked at eighty-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the nineteenth spot on the R&B Albums chart.[3] In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau wrote:

You want an inkling of how grim things are for black kids right now, try and find another current rap record that manages to mean a damn thing without slipping into gangsta suicide or Afrocentric cryptoracism. Since this one sank faster than Public Enemy, maybe it doesn't mean much either, but to me the East Flatbush trio radiates the hope hip hop was full of not so long ago. There's deep pleasure in their vocal tradeoffs and hard, wryly textured tracks. There's wordwise grace in rhymes that balance B-movie fantasy against everyday brutality without denial or despair. And there's joy in the nonpareil skills of reformed backward rapper Chip Fu. He coughs, he hiccups, he snorts, he stutters; he whinnies, wheezes, wows, and flutters.[2]

Bret Love at AllMusic wrote in retrospect that Nervous Breakdown showcased "an improved lyrical maturity among all three members" on a record that was "a frenzied, fast-paced roller coaster ride of originality that doesn't let up until the last song ends."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Breakdown" Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick 4:10
2. "Sum Dum Munkey" K-Cut 3:48
3. "Visions (20/20)" Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick 5:14
4. "Watch Ya Back Door" Jim Nice 2:53
5. "Aaahh Ooohhh!" Diamond D 3:06
6. "Sneakin' Up on Ya" Diamond D 3:37
7. "Got It Covered" Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick 4:10
8. "Who Stole the Pebble" Lyvio G. 3:33
9. "Hi Lo" Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick 4:46
10. "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock) [K Cut's Fat Trac Remix]" (feat. Shaquille O'Neal) K-Cut 3:56
11. "Breakdown (Dunkafelic Remix)" Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick 4:26

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1994)[3] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 81
U.S. R&B Albums 19


Year Single Peak chart positions[4]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1993 "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" 39 26 16 56 22
1994 "Breakdown" 67 10 38 7

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Information taken from AllMusic.[5]

  • composing – Roderick Kirkpatrick, Lennox Maturine, Roderick Roachford, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman
  • design – Carolyn Quan
  • engineering – Ron Allaire, Kerry Crafton, Adam Kudzin, Tim Latham, Steve Neat, Chris Trevett
  • mastering – Tony Dawsey
  • mixing – Ron Allaire
  • photography – Carl Posey
  • production – Diamond D, K-Cut, Rod "KP" Kirkpatrick, Lyvio G., Jim Nice


  1. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Nervous Breakdown > Review )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (January 17, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Nervous Breakdown > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Nervous Breakdown > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Nervous Breakdown > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 

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