The Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” (2011)

May 5, 2011 at 1:20 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

A recent LA Times review (May 2nd) of The Beaties Boys’ much-delayed new album...

“Oh, my God –- just look at me / Grandpa been rapping since ’83”.

So goes a telling new rhyme from iconic hip-hoppers Beastie Boys off the New York City trio’s just-released eighth album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. It’s factually correct: The group released its first rap single, “Cooky Puss,” nearly three decades ago — more like three centuries in terms of hip-hop shelf life. None of the Beasties’ peers enjoy the contemporary relevance that Ad-Rock (Adam Horowitz) and his bandmates Mike D (Mike Diamond) and MCA (Adam Yauch) carry.

Most rap pioneers also aren’t known for making exciting new music, period -– including the Beasties. The group’s last non-instrumental effort, 2004’s To the Five Boroughs, received a relatively tepid response. Hot Sauce, however, is exactly the Beasties album that the public has been salivating for, and more — not just a return to form, but a masterpiece on the level of ’80s classics like their raucous debut Licensed to Ill and the staggering Read the rest of this entry »

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