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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Did You See Deez Nuts?

The aptly named Beatnuts musical, written by Ego Trip's Sacha Jenkins and directed by Tommy Smith, was part of the 9th annual NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival. Accompanied by a strong sense of community in the audience, the play retold the story of the hip hop duo coming up in Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens, with comical doses that were consistent and weaved in with the group's songs. Amongst those bits were small scenes that mocked the cast's Haitian and Latina mothers (think Goya beans can and a bad Puerto Rican accent), hyperbolical and heartwearming reenactments and retellings of the members' pasts, and JuJu and Psycho Les constantly regulating on Jenkins' incompetence. Also noteworthy were the sincere bouts of reflection throughout the performance like DJ G-Bo the Pro's monologue revolving around the Latino in Hip Hop, particularly during the time of the Beatnuts' hey, and one where JuJu takes a moment to honor friends and collaborators that have since passed on, like Big Pun, Mr. Magic and Roc Raida. I was left with the beats to "Watch Out Now" and "Off the Books" in my head all night and a strong desire to google search the lyrics to "Se Acabo." In fact, I just did. (See.)


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