Even though Classic Nuts Vol. 1 delivers a 12-track sample of The Beatnuts' most popular work, hardcore fans may not consider it a classic. While the CD contains the hits "Watch Out Now" and "Off The Books," it doesn't include many of the group's underground tracks, like "Do You Believe" and "No Equal." But Classic Nuts is still a solid compilation and one that's easy to listen to, even for the casual hip-hop fan.
And The Beatnuts' production, as expected, is superb and heavily rooted in the basics of hip hop; the drum tracks are strong and the samples innovative. "However Whenever" and "Reign of the Tec," their first single, embody their formula completely. This is a collection will keep heads bouncing from beginning to end. It'll also prepare fans for The Beatnuts' all-new LP, due for release later this year.