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.

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