This past Friday night I had chance to see The Beatnuts. I won free tickets for the show literally the day before. Fortunately, the tickets were free because the venue they were playing at isn’t the greatest in the city. I had never seen The Beatnuts live and the last time they came through the show featured; D.I.T.C. DJ Scratch & Large Pro and I heard they were great live. So I wasn’t passing up the opportunity to go.
The Beatnuts didn’t get on until about 11:45 p.m. We got there at 11:20 p.m. thinking we were late…lol No opening act outside of a resident deejay spinning hip-hop. But by the time Psycho Les and Juju got on the crowd was amped. Surprisingly a packed crowd come out for it. If you told me a packed crowd would be there for The Beatnuts I wouldn’t have believed you. They started the show with hits from the their Musical Massacre LP: “Beatnuts Forever ” and “Turn It Out” minus Greg Nice. They played joints from the Stones Crazy LP, which is my least favourite album by them. I can’t recall the three song titles. Juju and Psycho Les alternated on the turntables between tracks since they both spin and produce.
They went from straight hardcore records like “Slam Pit” right back to party records like “Watch Out Now”. The greenery was definitely in full bloom and Psycho Les and Juju commented on it, too. They segue that into “Puffin’ On A Cloud”. It got pretty live in there. They had girls on stage dancing to “No Escapin This”, which was pretty entertaining. Somewhere between getting more beers at the bar, they started playing “Off The Books”. Fortunately I could hear some of it from the bar, but the time I got back to our spot I missed my damn song! They rocked it for about an hour and a half and they definitely put on a great show. For a group with no album out, to get that type of crowd was cool to see. I really want to see Tha Alkaholiks now.
Random thought: For all their production talents, surprisingly, all The Beatnuts hits are their own. I really wish they worked with other some other emcees. Only joints that come to mind is the “Rock N Roll” & “New World Water” by Mos Def.