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The Mix-Up The grizzled wiseacres' second wordless disc, The Mix-Up, reaches back to hip-hop's prehistory for a dozen lightweight psychedelic...The Mix-UpHip-Hop/Rap The grizzled wiseacres' second wordless disc, The Mix-Up, reaches back to hip-hop's prehistory for a dozen lightweight psychedelic...2007-06-22

The Mix-Up

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Status: In Season

The grizzled wiseacres’ second wordless disc, The Mix-Up, reaches back to hip-hop’s prehistory for a dozen lightweight psychedelic funk instrumentals?the sort of thing the Beastie Boys might have dug up on a mildewed 45 for a sample back in their Paul’s Boutique days. But they don’t quite have the rhythmic mojo of the circa-1970 obscurities they’re imitating here, and many tracks are exercises in texture (dub bass! sitar noodling!) that fail to develop into actual tunes. Who’d have guessed that a Beastie Boys record could be too subtle? C+

Originally posted June 22 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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