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Beastie Boys, ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ Feat. Santigold – Song Review

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part TwoBeastie Boys are dropping the second single off of their ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’ album, and this time around, the Brooklyn natives are bringing a bit of island flavor with the Santigold feature ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.’

This track is a step away from the classic Beastie vibes the trio were giving off with their first single, ‘Make Some Noise.’ The dub-influenced, hip-hop beat (layering reggae sonics over hard-hitting drums) are paired with the smooth vocals from the Beastie Boys and Santigold — making this track is a surefire summer jam.

The song kicks off with a horn section, bringing in some Latino flair before snare drums and Santigold’s seamless, nasally voice bring it back to a Caribbean gangster style. “It’s hot here gotta say it’s so / I got you right where I want / Got an honest face so you turn your back / When in doubt run up your attack,” Santigold sings in the intro.

Throughout the various rap verses delivered by Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA, the echo effect that has become a signature style for the trio is superimposed over the vocals, giving the song a looming, “don’t mess with me” feel. Even though we would’ve hoped for some more bada– Beastie lyrics —  this track tends to lean towards the more serious side, whereas personal preference draws us to their wackier verses — the rhymes are still pretty solid.

Overall, ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ is a groovable track that we’re sure plenty of people will be bumping from their stereos as they cruise around town this summer.

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