Spank Rock & Benny Blanco - Bangers & Cash EP
Wed 30th Jan, 2008 Music Reviewsin
“They did knowingly conduct, perform, or participate in, by words/or conduct, a show or performance which was obscene… include[ing] an apparent version of ‘Me So Horny’ consist[ing] of verbal depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct [and] deviant sexual intercourse, as defined in Florida Statute 847.0011, and actual physical contact with a person’s unclothed buttocks, examples which are ‘Let me stick my dick in your behind’ [and] ‘I’ll be fucking you and you’ll be sucking me, lick my ass up and down till your tongue turns doo-doo brown’”.
It may be unintentionally hilarious, but those were just some of the allegations made in the state of Florida’s case against the 2 Live Crew in 1990. The Miami bass rappers managed to defeat the obscenity charges and continued to peddle their stripped-back lyrics and beats to double Platinum sales for As Nasty As They Wanna Be – and even the seemingly pointless As Clean As They Wanna Be managed to break Gold sales.
The Bangers and Cash collaboration between Spank Rock and Benny Blanco is unlikely to face similar obscenity charges, no matter how much they’d love the publicity, not because it isn’t as offensive but simply that it’s all been done before. If the hilariously classy cover shot doesn’t give it away their love for the Crew, they make their tribute crystal clear by sampling them on nearly every cut. Only the final track Bitch! fails to include a 2 Live sample, making do with a slice of NWAs A Bitch Iz A Bitch.
Despite all the 2 Live love, the EP is ultimately dedicated to Benny Blanco’s mentor Disco D – the hip hop/techno/ghettotech producer known for his A Night at the Booty Bar mix album as well as work with 50 Cent and Kevin Federline – who committed suicide in January last year. Any man that can earn a tribute in the form of an EP dripping in this much glorious filth certainly deserves our respect. And if there was any lingering doubt about whether this is a one track mind working over five tracks, just cop an eyeful of the song listing: Shake That, B-O-O-T-A-Y, Loose, Pu$$y and Bitch!. Subtlety ain’t the order of the day, with almost every line as suggestive as a banana split cooking class with Nigella. Though there’s not a sax solo or slap bass to be heard, this is a straight up injection of Miami bass.
From the cheerleader chants of “B-O-O-T-A-Y”, to the bass lines that drop lower than the gags, to the orgasmic groans that introduce Pu$$y, this is tour de force of smut, smirk and sex. Though it’s not just a boy’s own (peep) show with Amanda Blank destroying Princess Superstar’s weak claims to the crown of porn punchline royalty with her guest spot on Loose. Pu$$y jerks and twists into a frenzy of digital hi-hats, testosterone tweaked chants while Bitch! is the murkiest track here, with its dark electro baroque offset my siren wails synth stabs and the repeated titular yell. It all closes out with a brief Slick Rick style story about the dangers closing elevator doors on ‘ding-a-lings’. True class.
It’s all so ridiculously over the top that it’s impossible to take seriously. The boys clearly have their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks – or other body parts – leaving you with little choice but to get naked and dance about with the volume cranked high enough to make the speakers sweat.
Check out the oh-so sensible and clean minded tracklisting…
1. Shake That
And subtlety may not be Spank Rock’s strong point, but they sure put on a crackin’ show… here’s footage of them playing at a recent Sydney Festival gig.