The Beatnuts

Intoxicated Demons

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Flashy, booty-slapping Latino hip-hop created by horny substance abusers. What's not to like? This mini-LP debut by Colombian/Dominican producers the Beatnuts passes the booze and spliffs in such a high-volume block-party quake of ungainly rhymes that one instantly remembers why careless hip-hop used to be so fun. Imagine a lewd and sentient wife beater and you have "World's Famous." Picture some good luvin' take on Public Enemy and you have "Reign of the Tec." Squint real hard and one can see a winking jab at A Tribe Called Quest's "Butter" strutting around until it gets the attention it wants ("Third of the Trio"). This is an intentionally offensive group just begging to be let out of their underground cages. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise: Intoxicated Demons is a fine debut, no matter its raunchy hubris. Because the more hardcore rap fans the Beatnuts annoy, the better they sound.

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