While YouTube continues its unfair censorship we no longer provide Classic Times on their platform, although that doesn’t stop the show from going on. Today we recognize the pioneers of the Latino rap craze that started in the late ’90s and early 2000s with the group The Beatnuts.
The group and production duo from Queens, New York City consisted of members JuJu and Psycho Les. Beatnuts would gain most of their street credibility after releasing the third single “Off The Books” from the album Stone Crazy. The song was the most commercially successful single from Stone Crazy; it reached #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the first Beatnuts single to appear on the pop chart.
The song would go on top catapult then up and coming rap legend Big Pun.
[The first] verse turned a lot of heads, and had plenty to do with Pun blowing up. What isn’t always remembered was the Sesame Street flute sample that inspired him, laid over the uptempo drums and wailing vocal snippet. “Off The Books” is brilliant, one of the most accessible rap songs ever made. Thugs will be pleased with the vicious verses, and yet any club will still get hopping with one spin. -Tom Doggett of RapReviews.com
Take a look at the classic video above and pick up your copy of the album available at Amazon Music.