Money Mark: ‘Change Is Coming’


Those familiar with Money Mark’s funky, retro-keyboard dabbling might not initially notice the new direction hinted at in the title of his latest, third album. But rest assured, a second listen to “Change Is Coming” reveals subtle enhancements to his signature deep grooves and smooth vibes, making it Money Mark’s most solid work to date.

Money Mark (aka Mark Ramos-Nishita), a one-time carpenter, went from mending The Beastie Boys’ fences to helping them bring the house down. You can hear him at work polishing the trio’s abrasive hip-hop with slick, jazzy interludes on every Beasties release since 1992’s “Check Your Head.”

In 1995, Money Mark broke out on his own with “Mark’s Keyboard Repair,” a set of 30 short instrumentals that sound more like blueprints for songs in production than finished numbers.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.