Terminator X & the Valley of the Jeep Beets A solo album by a rap group's DJ must be just scratches and instrumentals, right? No, Jeep Beets goes beyond that, setting up nervy, exciting… Terminator X & the Valley of the Jeep Beets A solo album by a rap group's DJ must be just scratches and instrumentals, right? No, Jeep Beets goes beyond that, setting up nervy, exciting… Terminator X Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Terminator X & the Valley of the Jeep Beets (1991)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Terminator X; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

A solo album by a rap group's DJ must be just scratches and instrumentals, right? No, Jeep Beets goes beyond that, setting up nervy, exciting grooves for a variety of guest rappers. Terminator X (Norman Rogers), Public Enemy's DJ, vividly demonstrates the difference between his role in that standard-setting group and the input of its more obvious auteurs, rapper Chuck D and coproducer Hank Shocklee. Unlike rappers, the DJ uses language that's nonverbal, kinetic, and sometimes even three-dimensional (check out the thumping call-and-response on ''Homey Don't Play Dat''). Unlike record producers, a DJ makes choices that are cultural, not merely technical. (''Juvenile Delinquintz'' sets loose the bad-boy 'tude of gangster rap in a fractious schoolroom where the bluster sounds more credible and provocative.) The album's title emphasizes Terminator X's preference for streetwise beats over political rhetoric. This results in a record more determinedly dance-oriented — and road-ready — than PE's, while maintaining the same level of heady dazzlement. A-

Originally posted May 24, 1991 Published in issue #67 May 24, 1991 Order article reprints
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