Released in 2001, "Take It Or Squeeze It" was the fourth proper release by the Queens, New York Hip Hop duo comprising of JuJu and Psycho Les. The pair are known for heavy sampling, and it leads to Old School-sounding material with raps whch are very much of the time.
2. "It's Da Nuts"
Kicking things off, former Beatnuts member, Al' Tariq joins the pair, displaying their is still love between them all. You have them starting things off in an exicting way whilst sampling Andy Loore's "Mixed Drums" and flowing in a relavent way. It just eases you in, and warms things up.
I was surprised by the fact that this one didn't use any samples as the beats to it aare so funky, and they soudn as if they must have been taken from somewhere else first. You get them using the beats in the wrong way for me as they take it an use it to do a a track with a low pace, and it seems out of place.
The energy is brought up slightly for this one as they use Janko Nilovic's to do one which deals with them smoking cannabis. I thought that it was a very original way to take on a sample and extract a very specific detail of it to do something which could have easily acheived with something less obsure.
5. "Yo Yo Yo"
Seeing Greg Nice (of Nice & Smooth) was the only rapper on this one, I was pleased because it meant that I was in a treat for this one, and they kind of lived up to the hype of things for this one with a club tune from them. You have hm use the type of delivery which made him popular back in the day with tracks suh as "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow", "Funky For You" and Hip-Hop Junkies".
6. "If It Ain't Gangsta"
Here is a dark one from them as they come up with tune based around lots of winding synth, and I felt that it led to a track which soudned pretty weak, and as if it was missing something key. Black Attack and G-Wise join them, but as I am not famialr with them, it meant nothing to me.
7. "No Escapin' This"
This was the big single off the album, and if you haven't heard of the group themeseves, am quite confident that you will have heard this one at some point (if you ha veregular connections to the Hip Hop world). It is one of very few on the album which stand out significantly with more samples.
8. "Who's Comin' Wit Da S**t Na"
I thought that the beats to this one would have have motivated them to do something new as it is very original and so promissing, however all of this amounts to nothing as it is another typical track off the thing with little energy and a pretty basic composition. They never quite reach their potential here.
9. "Let's Git Doe"
On most occassions the presence of Fatman Scoop would have annoyed me, however with so many low-energy tracks on this one, I looked toards him for for suport, as he secured the fact that we were going to be in for some more lively material, and this is exactly what you get from them all as they do some "real Hip Hop" or rather Party Rap.
10. "Hood Thang"
For this one you have them funking things up as they use Chris Chandler's vocals to their advantage as he is able to show directly where we are going with things for this one, and how it all relates to the females. However I thought that the start to the thing was all undermind by rapping form the female MC, Miss Loca, who destroys all that came before it.
11. "Hammer Time"
No this one has nothing to do with MC Hammer's "U Can't ouch This", and t coudln't be less relavent of a connection as it has them do the opposite to that Pop Rap track, and take it to the underground once again with some typical head-bopping Hip Hop from them. It is more dark material from them, and I don't thnk that they are too good at this side fof things.
12. "U Don't Want It"
Ths track seems to be quite a hauning one from them as Lenny Underwood takes on a large role in playing the keyboard for this track, and in this case it is the instrument which stands out the most. I wasn't too fond of this for this reason as it seemed a little reserved, and they relied too heavily on the raps of Triple Seis (but it did nothing for me).
13. "Mayonnaise" (Lude)
14. "Se Acabo (Remix)"
To end the whole thing off you have a remix (although I'm not familiar with the original) and it has Method man join them and come with his fresh flows. They sample a very traditional song in "Se Acabo" by Marco Antonio Muñiz, and for them its works (although its not exactly waht I'm into), and so I found the Meth' sections to be the best, and the rest quite unengaging.
As The Beatnuts were now without their rapper, Al' Tariq, this one relied on guests, and I think that this is where it all fell apart as they went with so many underground, and therfore unfamialr names, and the rhymes from such people are always so dark, and never give any chance to welcome anyone but locals. I can't say that I was too happy with the beats either, and since this is what they specialise in, it is quite a big issue. However I believe that it is because they chose to go with lots of Latn and Jazz influences, which simply do not appeal to me.