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The Beatnuts: Street Level
The Beatnuts album
Studio album by The Beatnuts

Released

June 21, 1994

Recorded

May 1993 - March 1994

Studio

LGK Studios
(Leonia, NJ)
Soundtrack Studios and Greene St. Recording
(New York City, NY)

Genre

Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Underground hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

Length

58:21

Label

Relativity Records / Violator

Producer

The Beatnuts, Peter Kang (exec.), Chris Lighty (exec.), Lucien, V.I.C.

The Beatnuts chronology

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Intoxicated Demons: The EP (1993)

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Stone Crazy (1997)

The Beatnuts: Street Level (sometimes called just Street Level) is the full-length debut studio album by American hip hop group The Beatnuts, released in June 21, 1994 on Relativity Records. It was released one year after the release of their debut EP, Intoxicated Demons. The album was produced predominantly by The Beatnuts, with contributions by V.I.C. and Lucien. It features guest appearances by Grand Puba, Miss Jones and Mista Sinista of The X-Ecutioners. The album is known for its diverse production and hedonistic lyrics.

The album's title is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Street Level as the words appear on the album cover, but the words "Street Level" do not appear anywhere else on the album's liner notes or the spine label.

The Beatnuts peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200, and #28 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Two singles were released for the album: "Hit Me with That" and "Props Over Here", with the latter peaking at #39 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. It is the last Beatnuts album before Kool Fashion left the group to pursue a solo career under the alias Al' Tariq.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - Tineo The Beatnuts 1:46
2. "Ya Don't Stop" JuJu, Psycho Les, Kool Fashion Fernandez, Heath, Smalls, Tineo, Willems Lucien 3:06
3. "Props Over Here" Kool Fashion, Psycho Les, JuJu Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 4:00
4. "Hellraiser" Kool Fashion, Psycho Les, JuJu Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:10
5. "Are You Ready" Psycho Les, Kool Fashion, JuJu, Grand Puba Fernandez, Padilla, Smalls, Tineo V.I.C. 3:14
6. "Superbad" Psycho Les, Kool Fashion, JuJu Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:56
7. "Straight Jacket" Psycho Les, JuJu, Kool Fashion Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:56
8. "Let Off a Couple" Kool Fashion, JuJu, Psycho Les Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 1:43
9. "Rik's Joint" Kool Fashion, JuJu Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 4:01
10. "Fried Chicken" Psycho Les, V.I.C., Kool Fashion, JuJu Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:57
11. "Yeah You Get Props" Kool Fashion, JuJu, Psycho Les Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:29
12. "Get Funky" JuJu, Psycho Les, Kool Fashion Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:37
13. "Hit Me with That" JuJu, Kool Fashion, Psycho Les Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:36
14. "2-3 Break" Psycho Les, Kool Fashion, JuJu, Gab Fernandez, Smalls, Tineo The Beatnuts 3:17
15. "Lick the Pussy" Kool Fashion Fernandez, Garland, Smalls The Beatnuts 4:18
16. "Sandwiches" Psycho Les Fernandez, Padilla The Beatnuts 1:43
17. "Psycho Dwarf" Psycho Les, JuJu Fernandez, Tineo The Beatnuts 5:32

Notes

  • Track 3 features keyboards performed by Lenny Underwood.
  • Track 5 features additional scratches performed by DJ Sinister.
  • Track 6 features scratches performed by DJ Sinister.
  • Track 9 features vocals performed by Miss Jones.

Samples Edit

Intro

  • "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
  • "Sweet Nothin's" by Brenda Lee

Ya Don't Stop

  • "So What'cha Want (All the Way Live Freestyle)" by Beastie Boys
  • "Smilin' Billy Suite Pt. II" by The Heath Brothers
  • "My Melody" by Eric B. & Rakim

Props Over Here

  • "Upon this Rock" by Joe Farrell
  • "Wee Tina" by Donald Byrd and Booker Little
  • "Rammellzee and Shock Dell at the Ampitheatre" by Rammallzee and Shock Dell

Hellraiser

  • "The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)" by Power of Zeus
  • "Here You Are" by Glass Prism

Are You Ready?

  • "Honky Tonk (1969)" by Bill Doggett
  • "The Breakdown (Live)" by Rufus Thomas

Superbad

  • "Hit or Miss" by Odetta
  • "Melody" by Serge Gainsbourg
  • "Cannon Raps" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet

Straight Jacket

  • "Rainmaker" by Harry Nilsson
  • "Boomp Boomp Chomp" by Sons of Champlin
  • "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" by Wu-Tang Clan

Let Off a Couple

  • "Love and Happiness" by Monty Alexander
  • "Tonight's Da Night" by Redman

Rik's Joint

  • "You Can Fly" by Sons of Champlin
  • "Again" by Hugo Montenegro
  • "Freelance" by Grandmaster Flash

Fried Chicken

  • "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" by James Brown
  • "The Body Rock" by Treacherous Three

Yeah You Got Props

  • "Hydra" by Grover Washington, Jr.
  • "Toys (Live)" by Herbie Hancock

Get Funky

  • "Tramp" by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
  • "Painted Dessert" by Roy Ayers
  • "Nobody Beats the Biz" by Biz Markie

Hit Me With That

  • "Love and Happiness" by Monty Alexander
  • "Holy Thursday" by David Axelrod
  • "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" by Wu-Tang Clan

2-3 Break

  • "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis
  • "Two, Three, Break" by The B-Boys
  • "Boysenberry Jam" by Moby Grape
  • "Cold Sweat" by James Brown

Lick the Pussy

  • "In the Mood" by Tyrone Davis

Sandwiches

  • "Party" by Van McCoy
  • "Something You Got" by Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown

Psycho Dwarf

  • "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith
  • "Golliwog's Cakewalk" by Isao Tomita
  • "New World" by Woody Shaw
  • "Love Potion-Cheeba-Cheeba" by Mighty Tom Cats
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