The Beatnuts: Street Level

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The Beatnuts
The Beatnuts - Street Level album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 1994
GenreHip hop
LabelRelativity Records
ProducerThe Beatnuts
The Beatnuts chronology
Intoxicated Demons: The EP
The Beatnuts
Stone Crazy
Singles from The Beatnuts
  1. "Props Over Here"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Hit Me with That"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Hellraiser"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]
RapReviews8/10 stars[4]
The Source3.5/5 stars

The Beatnuts is the self-titled full-length debut album by hip hop trio The Beatnuts.[5] It was released on June 21, 1994, by Relativity Records, a year after their debut EP, Intoxicated Demons. "Psycho Dwarf" is the only song found on both the EP and the album. The album was produced by The Beatnuts, and features guest appearances by Grand Puba, Miss Jones and DJ Sinister amongst others.

The Beatnuts boasts two singles, "Props Over Here" and "Hit Me with That." The album is known for its diverse production and hedonistic lyrics. Its cover art was inspired by the cover of Hank Mobley's The Turnaround.[6]

The album's title is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Street Level, because those words appear on the album cover; however, the words "Street Level" do not appear anywhere else on the CD (in the liner notes or on the CD spine label).

It is the last Beatnuts album to include Fashion, who left the group to pursue a solo career under the alias Al' Tariq.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by The Beatnuts, except track 2 produced by Lucien and track 5 produced by VIC
1."Intro" 1:47
2."Ya Don't Stop"JuJu, Psycho Les, Fashion3:06
3."Props Over Here"Fashion, Psycho Les, JuJu, Lenny Underwood (keyboards)3:59
4."Hellraiser"Fashion, Psycho Les, JuJu3:10
5."Are You Ready"Psycho Les, Fashion, JuJu, Grand Puba, DJ Sinister (scratches)3:14
6."Superbad"Psycho Les, Fashion, JuJu, DJ Sinister (scratches)3:57
7."Straight Jacket"Psycho Les, JuJu, Fashion3:57
8."Let Off a Couple"Fashion, Psycho Les, JuJu1:43
9."Rik's Joint"Fashion, JuJu, Miss Jones4:01
10."Fried Chicken"Psycho Les, V.I.C., Fashion, JuJu3:57
11."Yeah You Get Props"Fashion, JuJu, Psycho Les3:29
12."Get Funky"JuJu, Psycho Les, Fashion3:37
13."Hit Me with That"JuJu, Fashion, Psycho Les3:36
14."2-3 Break"Psycho Les, Fashion, JuJu, Gab3:17
15."Lick the Pussy"Fashion4:18
16."Sandwiches"Psycho Les1:33
17."Psycho Dwarf"Psycho Les, JuJu5:25

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard 200 182
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 28


Song Chart (1994) Peak
"Props Over Here" US Hot Rap Singles 39


  1. ^ Hess, Mickey (November 25, 2009). Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313343216 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ AllMusic
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (May 25, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "The Beatnuts :: The Beatnuts :: Violator/Relativity".
  5. ^ " :: Beatnuts".
  6. ^ Emery, Andrew. The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art, Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2004). ISBN 1-84000-919-5.