Written By: Victoria Hill
Label: Suretone/Geffen – Rating:
“Let It Beat” is the second album from Shwayze, but if you are expecting laid back songs about summer days, you’re going to be disappointed. As Cisco Adler puts it, “We can’t sit on the beach with an acoustic guitar forever! This is not a one-trick pony.”
The way I describe “Let It Beat” is a night at the club. The songs fun, sexy and dirty – isn’t that what a night out should be? “Let It Beat” offers something for everyone as the music captures all genres. The album features contributions from The Knux, Snoop Dogg, Roy Bittan (the pianist of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) and Ric Ocasek from the Cars (seriously!), and Darryl Jenifer, bassist for D.C. punk band Bad Brains. Leading the parade is the world-famous producer Cisco Adler.
“Livin’ It Up” (featuring Snoop Dogg) is Shwayze’s journey from “serving lattes all day in [his] Chucks” to becoming a successful rapper. Shwayze’s addresses his haters by saying “always gonna be somebody trying to hate on u but that don’t stop what we do/living it up/why u hating/ I’m living it up.”
“Get U Home,” is about being so excited about “making love” you just can’t wait to take the person home (or to a hotel.) “Take me in the bathroom/take my clothes off/make love to me up against the dirty wall/’cause I can’t wait to get you home.”
Shwayze said “our music is our lifestyle, we’re not faking it. It’s all a dream come true, we just want to keep on living the dream and keep on living it up. We’re just here for the long haul here, that’s what I want people to know.“ “Let It Beat” is a great sophomore album and it shows the comfort and growth between Cisco and Shwayze. If they can keep expanding their sound and lyrics, they will be around for the long haul.