Beefy’s New EP Revels In Netflix Addiction
“There is…a track about a sports talk show. I am neither qualified nor inclined to comment.”
We’ve all been there: two o’clock in the morning, couch too comfy to leave, scrolling through titles on everyone’s favorite video streaming service for the perfect thing to watch while putting off sleep.
Internet hip-hop veteran Beefy has been there too—perhaps a few times too many, if his latest EP is any indication. “The Adventures of Beef Thompson: Check Your Local Listings” is comprised of six tracks about TV shows, some current and some nostalgic.
It is likely that any two listeners of “Check Your Local Listings” will disagree on which track is the best. It’s largely a matter of what one has and hasn’t seen, compounded by how much one likes or how fondly one remembers each show.
For example, I enjoy the heck out of the track “Dexter,” which concerns the main character of Showtime’s “Dexter,” who is named Dexter. In an inspired turn, Beefy raps about the show over samples of the theme song to a completely different show: “Dexter’s Laboratory.” This makes me want to travel to Spokane and give The Beef a big hug. Fair warning, though: the verses contain some sizable spoilers for the first four seasons, so if you haven’t gotten through them yet, hit play on the show before you hit play on the song.
As I said above, each listener will likely gravitate to a track based on what show’s they’ve seen and liked, but I find the weak point of the album to be “Bangin’,” inspired by Nickelodeon’s “Doug.” The rapping is Beefy’s usual solid work, but the samples taken from one of the show’s musical numbers (“Bangin’ on a Trash Can”) are sloppy. They are as clean as can be expected, given the source material, but the trash can drums give the whole thing a lurching, haphazard feel.
To complete the Nickelodeon one-two punch at the center of the album, Beef Thompson chose to dive into the relationship between Arnold and Helga in “Hey Arnold!” in the appropriately-titled “Football Head.” I barely watched the show as I was growing up, but I’m not going to lie to you, readers: Beefy finds the pathos in this children’s cartoon and lays it right out there.
There is also a track about a sports talk show. I am neither qualified nor inclined to comment.
Not being the insatiable consumer of TV shows that Beefy apparently is, I’m not sure what show the closing track, “I Want Ya,” is about. However, it is all kinds of catchy, and the portrait the lyrics paint of an insane stalker lady are entertaining in a way I’m not sure I would find a television show about that topic to be.
Perhaps the best part about “Check Your Local Listings” is the price tag: You can name your own price on the album’s Bandcamp page, even a svelte zero dollars (although if you enjoy previewing the EP enough to download it, be a champ and toss Beefy some coin—after all, dude needs eight bucks a month to feed his habit).