Black Nasty

Shark Tank

Texas Platters

Black Nasty

Shark Tank

Seeing as Black Nasty's first album was AIDS Can't Stop Me, subtlety isn't really part of the game plan. On his third LP, the rap alter ego of Ted Beck (brother of local indie singer-songwriter Pink Nasty) continues dipping his wick verbally. There's the come-on ("Three Hole Punch," where he adds a bar about TGI Friday's to his murder fantasy) and climax, but it's hard to tell how much tongue is in his cheek. There's the required collaboration: Bonnie Prince Billy duets on "Eazy," a tribute to hero Eazy-E, and sister Pink Nasty gives a window into what growing up together must have been like on "Howz My Shit Taste?" Shark Tank should have been half as long, Black's id exploding all over the place, so by track 24, "Bleu Ballz," you've forgotten the disc's nuances, such as how it kicked off with a Billie Holiday sample, which leads into a song where he threatens to feed a woman to a crack-addicted shark.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Black Nasty
Off the Record
Off the Record
Music News

Austin Powell, Sept. 10, 2010

More Music Reviews
Faster Than Sound: SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
Virtual festival forecasts incoming local debuts and tentative fall touring.

Rachel Rascoe, March 26, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Virtual ACL Music Fest Keeps Flags Flying
Virtual ACL Music Fest Keeps Flags Flying
Nostalgic livestream and rising Austin talent fundraise for the Austin Parks Foundation.

Rachel Rascoe, Oct. 16, 2020

More by Audra Schroeder
SXSW Interactive Conference Quick Cuts
The Signal & the Noise
Statistician Nate Silver on more data, more problems

March 15, 2013

SXSW Film Reviews: 'Kiss of the Damned'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

March 15, 2013


Black Nasty

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle