The Beatnuts: Street Level

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The Beatnuts: Street Level
The Beatnuts - Street Level album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 1994
GenreHip hop
LabelRelativity Records
Violator
ProducerThe Beatnuts
Lucien
V.I.C.
The Beatnuts chronology
Intoxicated Demons: The EP
(1993)
The Beatnuts: Street Level
(1994)
Stone Crazy
(1997)
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
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews8/10 stars[2]
The Source3.5/5 stars
BrainOfHipHop9.5/10 stars

The Beatnuts: Street Level (sometimes called just Street Level) is the full-length debut album by hip hop trio The Beatnuts. It was released on June 21, 1994 by Relativity Records just a year after their debut EP, Intoxicated Demons. "Psycho Dwarf" is the only song found on both the EP and the album. The album is produced by The Beatnuts themselves. It 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 is inspired by the cover of Hank Mobley's The Turnaround.[3]

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).[4][5]

This album is the last Beatnuts album before emcee Fashion 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
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
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]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 182
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 28

Singles[edit]

Song Chart (1994) Peak
position
"Props Over Here" U.S. Hot Rap Singles 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ RapReviews
  3. ^ Emery, Andrew. The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art, Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2004). ISBN 1-84000-919-5.
  4. ^ Discogs.com: The Beatnuts discography
  5. ^ Rate Your Music: The Beatnuts