Beatnuts – Intoxicated Demons: The EP
Whose drums knock harder than these? Runaway Slaves is close, Hank Shocklee’s drums were atomic, and Dre’s mixes were squeaky clean, but I’ll be damned if Psycho Les and Juju don’t have the most hypnotic production techniques in all of hip-hop. As the only Latino members of the Native Tongues, the Beatnuts are recognized for being undeniably dope with the beats, enjoying the lyrical proficiency of Kool Fashion (later known as Al’ Tariq) for their first two albums.
Intoxicated Demons and their next release Street Level are the ultimate highs for drum break junkies and loop digging addicts alike, so it aches to see their first three projects missing from Spotify, but the Classic Nuts Vol. 1 collection does a good job of collecting some of their best work onto one compilation.