Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #65 in the Soul Strut 200
The Beatnuts were a group that got a lot of love on Soul Strut. Their penchant for obscure funk and jazz samples cross pollinated with their comical, locker room rhymes made them an easy fit for your average hip hop loving 23 year old male circa 2003.
Their 1994 full length debut (sometimes referred to as "Street Level") is high powered golden era NYC boom bap at its finest, but it isn't your typical Nas or Big L type-record. Tracks like "Are You Ready", "Fried Chicken", and "Psycho Dwarf" are X rated Walkman ready party tracks not political street diaries. What Psycho Les and Juju lacked in substance was made up in personalty and punch. And this what we have grown to love about them (It's the Beatnuts!)