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We Rock Hard

For the Beastie Boys song, see Rock Hard.
We Rock Hard
Studio album by Freestylers
Released 14 June 1998[1]
Genre Breakbeat, Big beat
Length 73:05
Label Freskanova (UK)
PIAS
Mammoth (US)
Producer Freestylers
Freestylers chronology

We Rock Hard
(1998)
Pressure Point
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
NME (7/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

We Rock Hard was the first major-label album by the band Freestylers and their most commercially successful release to date. Allmusic describes the album as a run through of the band members' back catalogue,[2] but it still showcases the classic big beat and breakbeat electronica that would remain the band's trademark along with ragga and dub twists.

The album features the single "Ruffneck", which garnered a certain level of MTV rotation and has a style that's reminiscent of a reggae Beastie Boys and remains popular with Amazon reviewers.[5]

The track "Freestyle Noize" was featured in the PlayStation skateboarding video game Thrasher: Skate and Destroy.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Freestyle Noize"   5:37
2. "Dancehall Vibes" (featuring Tenor Fly) 6:21
3. "Drop The Boom"   3:01
4. "Don't Stop"   4:43
5. "Here We Go" (featuring Definition of Sound) 4:51
6. "The Darkside"   4:50
7. "B–Boy Stance" (featuring Tenor Fly) (scratches by Funk Wizard Jay Rock) 4:36
8. "We Rock Hard" (featuring Soul Sonic Force) 7:08
9. "Breaker Beats (Part 1)"   2:54
10. "Breaker Beats (Part 2)"   2:57
11. "Scratch 22 (Jay-Rock's Theme)" (produced by Funk Wizard Jay Rock) 5:25
12. "Ruffneck" (featuring Navigator) (scratches by Funk Wizard Jay Rock) 5:40
13. "Feel The Panic"   5:54
14. "Hold Up Your Hands"   3:58
15. "Warning" (featuring Navigator) (scratches by Funk Wizard Jay Rock) 5:10
  • The female vocals on track 4 "Don't Stop" are sampled from the 1976 song "I Know" by Candi Staton.[6]
  • The 1999 US release omits the tracks "The Darkside", "Breaker Beats (Part 2)", "Scratch 22 (Jay-Rock's Theme)" and "Hold Up Your Hands" and includes "Spaced Invader" and "Check The Skillz" (from the B-sides of the singles "Ruffneck"[7] and "B-Boy Stance",[8] respectively).

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