Rolling Stone (11/27/97, p.108) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...He's a dedicated student of the blues, New Orleans parade beats and hip-hop chant, and he's distilled these once-disparate styles into an instantly recognizable, ramshackle groove..."
YEAH, IT'S THAT EASY is a CD-Extra release containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files.
G. Love & Special Sauce: G. Love (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jeffrey Clemmens (vocals, drums, percussion); Jimmy Jazz Prescott (acoustic bass).
Additional personnel: Katman (vocals, bass); Smiles (vocals); Mike Tyler (guitar, background vocals); Dr. John (piano, Hammond organ); Jay Davidson, Mike Richelle (piano); King Kane (bass, background vocals); Jonny V., Chuck Treece (drums); All Fellas Band (percussion, background vocals); Brodeeva, Mary Harris, Houseman, Scratch (background vocals).
Producers: G. Love, Stiff Johnson, All Fellas Band, Jonny Jams.
Engineers include: Guy Lutz, Chris DiBeneditto, Barb Adams, Ted Greenberg, Jay Davidson.
Ever since Elvis Presley hit it big mixing rhythm & blues with country, white artists have found great success introducing black music into the mainstream by integrating it with their own popular music. Hall & Oates did it in the '70s; the Beastie Boys did it in the '80s. G. Love has taken it one step further by mixing three traditionally black forms; hip-hop, the blues of the Mississippi Delta and the soul music of his native Philly, to come up with a sound he can call his own.
Even though most white artists have always been quick to acknowledge the source of their musical inspiration, critics love to call this sort of thing cultural imperialism. G. Love sets them all straight on his third release, YEAH, IT'S THAT EASY. The title track is a rap that aims to break down racial, cultural and national barriers, a task that's nowhere near as easy as G. Love and his band Special Sauce make it sound.