name is pronounced "loonies," and the Oakland rap duo lives up to that name on Lunitik Muzik
, one of the most memorable rap releases of 1997. This eccentric effort must be taken for exactly what it is -- wild, nutty, outrageous fun. When Yukmouth and Numskull (whose guests on the CD range from the 2 Live Crew, Too Short
and Redman to urban contemporary "girl groups" Brownstone and Mokenstef
) deliver their sexually explicit lyrics and frequent references to drunkenness and marijuana use, they come across as tongue-in-cheek rather than threatening. "Handcuff Your Hoes," "Phillies" and "20 Bluntz a Day" aren't for those with delicate sensibilities, although anyone who has enjoyed Richard Pryor
, Rudy Ray Moore
or Eddie Murphy
should be able to appreciate the Luniz'
brand of musical ghetto humor. The disc takes a more serious turn on "Y Do Thugz Die," a commentary on inner-city crime that reflects on the murders of rap stars 2Pac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G
. But more than anything, Lunitik Muzik
is noteworthy for its entertainment value.