“Off the Books” was one of the biggest records of ’97 with The Beatnuts plugging to their trusted formula of dusty-ass beats and funny punchlines. These elements are what made “Off The Books” extra special in a time when the “shiny suit era” was rearing it’s shiny head. The Beatnuts bring along Big Pun who opens up the track with such a memorable verse, introducing the world to what Pun would later have in store. Les and JuJu (along with Cuban Link) all ride the song out with “shoot bro, I got a waterproof suit yo” and “your career’s on life support, and I’mma pull the plug”- just countless quotable lines from an already legendary group. The cut’s infectious nature makes this a must-have 7″ for any DJ or collector.

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