Friday, September 21, 2007


HIP HUG-HER is one of Booker T. and MG's strongest, most consistent studio efforts. Here, the band's sound gels completely, the grooves become more insistent, the sound more varied, yet the whole is smoother and more seamless. The addition of Donald "Duck" Dunn's loose, inventive bass lines (Dunn first appeared on AND NOW!, this record's predecessor) opens up the compositions to maximum groovability, as on "Booker's Notation", and the moody "Pigmy". As always, Steve Cropper's slicing guitar, Al Jackson's spare, punchy drumming and Booker T.'s juicy, soaring organ chops do exactly what they should.

"Hip-Hug-Her" is arguably the highlight of this record, a snarling, bareboned jazz-funk groove sampled by Das EFX on "Looseys", Ice Cube's "Givin' up the Nappy Dug Out," Heavy D's "Don't Curse," and ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," to name only a few. A masterstroke of less-is-more minimalism.

Ice Cube's "Givin Up the Nappy Dugout":

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