The Beatnuts are a hip-hop duo from Queens, New York, known for their eclectic beats and witty rhymes. Their fourth album, Take It or Squeeze It, was released in 2001 and features guest appearances from Method Man, Tony Touch, Al Tariq, and more. The album showcases the Beatnuts' signature blend of Latin influences, hardcore rap, and humorous skits.
The album opens with an intro that sets the tone for the rest of the project: \"We're not here to impress you / We're here to fuck you up\". The first track, \"It's Da Nuts\", features Al Tariq, a former member of the Beatnuts who left to pursue a solo career. The song is a boastful anthem that celebrates the Beatnuts' longevity and skills. The next track, \"Prendelo (Light It Up)\", features Tony Touch, a Puerto Rican DJ and rapper who adds some Spanish flavor to the chorus. The song is a party starter that encourages listeners to light up and enjoy themselves.
The album continues with \"Contact\", a hard-hitting track that features Marly Metal, a rapper from the Beatnuts' crew. The song is about making contact with the opposite sex and getting down to business. The next track, \"Yo Yo Yo\", features Greg Nice, one half of the rap duo Nice & Smooth. The song is a fun and catchy tune that pays homage to old-school hip-hop and uses various samples from classic songs. The next track, \"If It Ain't Gangsta\", features Sean Black Attack, another rapper from the Beatnuts' crew. The song is a gritty street tale that warns against fake gangsters and snitches.
The album's lead single, \"No Escapin' This\", is one of the highlights of the project. The song is a catchy and confident banger that showcases the Beatnuts' production skills and lyrical prowess. The chorus samples \"Escape-Ism\" by James Brown and adds some scratches and effects to create a memorable hook. The next track, \"Who's Comin Wit Da Shit Na\", features Willie Stubz, yet another rapper from the Beatnuts' crew. The song is a posse cut that showcases the skills of each MC over a funky beat.
The next track, \"Let's Git Doe\", features Fatman Scoop, a hype man and radio personality who adds some energy and ad-libs to the song. The song is a club anthem that encourages listeners to get money and have fun. The next track, \"Hood Thang\", features Miss Loca, a female rapper who adds some sass and attitude to the song. The song is a tribute to the hood and the people who live there.
The next track, \"Hammer Time\", features Al Tariq, Problemz, Marly Metal, and Moonshine, four rappers who form the group Missin' Linx. The song is a hardcore rap track that showcases the group's chemistry and aggression. The next track, \"U Don't Want It\", features Triple Seis, a former member of Terror Squad who left to join Missin' Linx. The song is a diss track that targets unnamed enemies and rivals.
The next track, \"Mayonnaise\", is a short skit that mocks white people who try to act black. The skit features two white guys who talk in exaggerated slang and praise the Beatnuts for their music. The final track, \"Se Acabo (Remix)\", features Method Man, a member of Wu-Tang Clan who adds some star power and charisma to the song. The song is a remix of a previous Beatnuts' track that appeared on their third album A Musical Massacre. The song is a bilingual rap track that mixes English and Spanish lyrics over a Latin-inspired beat.
Take It or Squeeze It is an entertaining and diverse album that showcases the Beatnuts' versatility and creativity. The album has something for everyone: party songs, street songs, funny songs, and hardcore songs. The album also features some impressive guest appearances from some of the best MCs in the game. Take It or Squeeze It is a classic example of how the Beatnuts take it or squeeze it out of every beat they touch. aa16f39245