The Ghetto Blaster EP

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The Ghetto Blaster EP
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EP by
ReleasedAugust 9, 2010 (EU)
August 10, 2010 (U.S.)
RecordedVeritas Studios
GenreRap rock, funk rock, alternative rock
LabelStreet Sweeper Social Club Inc.
Cooking Vinyl (Europe)
ProducerTom Morello
Street Sweeper Social Club chronology
Street Sweeper Social Club
The Ghetto Blaster EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com2.5/5 stars [1]
Alternative Press3/5 stars [2]
Consequence of Sound2/5 stars [3]
Franktikmag.com3/5 stars [4]
Kikaxemusic.com4.5/5 stars [5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [6]
USA Today3.5/5 stars [7]

The Ghetto Blaster EP is the first EP from the rap rock supergroup Street Sweeper Social Club, released on August 10, 2010. It features covers of "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. and "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J as well as a remix of the band's second single "Promenade." They also cover The Coup song "Everythang". It has also been confirmed that the full touring band has recorded on the album. Tom Morello spoke about the EP in a press release, saying that they shot for an interesting combination of groups. "On The Ghetto Blaster EP we were shooting for a combo of the first Clash record and the Ohio Players greatest hits, interwoven with tractor trailer size riffs of course. This record definitely has more of a 'band' feel than the first, and Boots’ lyrics and delivery have never been sharper." Boots Riley has also said of the EP “We got a new EP that’s going to come out called The Ghetto Blaster EP. [You can expect] hard, hard, hard music and some raw as lyrics on top.” [8]


The EP features three covers. The band covered Paper Planes whilst performing on the Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction tour, "We needed a hot cover tune to lay to waste the goth hordes that were awaiting us," says Morello. "I asked Boots to give me some ideas, and he suggested 'Paper Planes' and two Justin Bieber songs, so we went with 'Paper Planes.'" Morello has also stated that he records his guitar riffs on audio cassette much to the annoyance of Boots Riley who has had difficulty in finding a cassette player.[9] The band has also performed their cover of "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Ghetto Blaster" live. Their cover of "Everythang" by The Coup was performed back in 2008 at the May Day/Immigration Rally in Chicago.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by: Tom Morello and Boots Riley except: "Paper Planes" written by M.I.A. and Diplo and "Mama Said Knock You Out" written by M. Williams and J.T. Smith.

1."Ghetto Blaster"3:26
2."Everythang" (The Coup cover)3:40
3."Paper Planes" (M.I.A. cover)2:55
4."The New Fuck You"3:25
5."Scars (Hold That Pose)"3:53
6."Mama Said Knock You Out" (LL Cool J cover)4:25
7."Promenade" (Guitar Fury Remix)3:40



  1. ^ "Street Sweeper Social Club The Ghetto Blaster EP Review - Review of The Ghetto Blaster EP Album by Street Sweeper Social Club". 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  2. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Review | Street Sweeper Social Club - The Ghetto Blaster EP". Alt Press. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  3. ^ James Gethins (2010-08-02). "Album Review: Street Sweeper Social Club – The Ghetto Blaster EP « Consequence of Sound". Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  4. ^ "Homepage: » CD Review: Street Sweeper Social Club "The Ghetto Blaster EP"". 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  5. ^ "Music Reviews". Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  6. ^ Jody Rosen. "The Ghetto Blaster EP by Street Sweeper Social Club | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2010-08-10). "Listen Up: Mike Posner's 'Takeoff' isn't runway-ready". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  8. ^ Vasquez, Andres (2010-07-07). "Street Sweeper Social Club Prep "The Ghetto Blaster EP" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  9. ^ "EXCLUSIVE SONG: New Street Sweeper Social Club". 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-11-15.

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