Given the opportunity, a litany of ill-qualified folks will grab musical instruments and play at being rock stars. Be they cricketers, tennis players, politicians, talkshow hosts or actors, the siren call of the guitar, bass and drums is irresistible. It seems rappers may not be immune to this inclination.
This third album from the Beasties sees them strap on the instruments and acting like a real band. Thankfully they aren’t as amateurish as most, and are capable on playing jazzy, funky and punky. And I’m sure it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, the trio do not deliver as many killer vocal-based tracks. So What’cha Want , Finger Lickin’ Good and Pass the Mic are the standouts. The other rapping efforts are pretty disappointing. It is the instrumental jazz-funk tracks which save the album from being a write-off. Most of them will reappear again on another more coherent release (to be reviewed here in the coming days).
OK Boys, time to put the instruments back away now. They make it too hard to dance anyway.
File under: Indulgent and inconsistent