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A Summer Single for Streets and Beaches

Sweet Talk

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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Sweet Talk"
  • Artist: Spank Rock
  • CD: YoYoYoYoYo
  • Genre: Hip-Hop

One of the best hip-hop acts to surface in recent years, the Baltimore crew Spank Rock lays fun, over-the-top raps atop a mix of '80s-influenced electronic beats. Street-smart but beach-friendly, "Sweet Talk" combines the greasy production of British “grime” with abundant samples and the hedonistic playfulness that helped make stars of The Beastie Boys.

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Spank Rock’s members describe themselves as “American kids ripping off European kids ripping off American hip-hop.” It’s hard to argue that description, but “Sweet Talk” transcends the boundaries of its genre: It’s one of the catchiest, most exhilarating songs released this year, hip-hop or otherwise.

Sonically inventive and lyrically outrageous — the clean version here is a whole lot more radio-friendly than its unedited counterpart — “Sweet Talk” hearkens back to the lovable likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. In the end, it aspires to little more than packing dance floors, but it accomplishes that goal with good humor and great style.

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