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Eminem take note - this is how to build a hip-hop career
on 15 March 2003
Across this 42 track collection, those white-boy nutcases show us how much evolution there has been in their career. Those early hits like Fight For Your Right lack sophistocation,a dn the early pre-fame tracks even more so, but the energy and exhuberance is a thrill to hear. Not including either Girls or She's Crafty is something of a strange decision though - it smacks of trying to airbrush out their misogynistic aspects and promote the mature social-conscience Tibet-supporting trio of today.
It was their second album Paul's Boutique which saw the band evolve into really respected innovators, and Check Your Head continued that. The mroe recent albums have been retreads rather than anything truly new, but have thrown up some stompers.
Intergalactic is probably the best rap song a white guy ahs ever done,w ith maybe Jump Around by Hosue Of Pain the only rival. The new track Alive is one of the standouts, with the tolerant inspirational lyrics and uptempo scratching. Kudos for including the Fatboy Slim remix of Body Movin' and the live version of 3 MCs and 1 DJ, as both are far superior to the original album cuts, even if it means the collection actually only has 2 of their 4 biggest singles.
This CD has something for everyone, ranging from Shadrach to Sabotage, Remote Control to Jimmy James and even to a ludicrous but somehow successful cover of Benny and the Jets (one of Elton John's best loved songs, especially in the US). The rare and unreleased tracks, Alive excepted, are mixed, but still worth the purchase price even if you have all the albums. Conversely, there are enough great tracks left on the albums (except maybe Ill COmmunication) to ensure that this needn't be the only Beasties album you buy.