Autotune? Contemporary radio friendly hip hop? Not here kids because the boys are back! Moving well into their 40’s, and group member MCA’S fight against a tumor was not going to stop the Beastie Boys from stepping back on the scene. Originally scheduled for release in September 2009, the eighth album was delayed to allow MCA to undergo treatment for a tumor to a salivary gland. But now with all members back together and healthy, the iconic hip hop trio make their long awaited return with their new release: Hot Sauce Committee part Two.
The Beastie Boys don’t need to try hard to stay relevant, and you won’t see any new mainstream artists sharing the limelight on Hot Sauce Committee. Instead, the Beastie Boys revisit their old school form, which shot them into stardom nearly 3 decades ago-a lifetime in the Hip Hop world.
Gritty funky beats start off the head bobbing with their opening track “Make Some Noise”, and once you start, it’ll be hard to quit throughout the whole album.
Although the cameos on the album are more than welcomed, they certainly don’t overshadow the intensity of the trio. The iconic Nas hits the stage with “Too Many Rappers”, in a dynamic collaboration that leaves you wishing the track could go on for a just while longer. Put four MC’s together with a gritty beat, and the battle will have you thinking it’s 1985 again.
Undeniable funk joins the house when Santigold, who recently debut her single “Go” with Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, makes a memorable cameo when she lays down the funk on “Don’t Play No Game that I can’t win”.
“Lee Major’s Come Again” gives a nod to punk rock with hard hitting drums and guitars that may at first seem as out of place, but a closer listen verifies that it can only be a Beastie Boy creation. Immediately following is the instrumental “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament”, which is clearly their chance to give you a break from all the intense awesomeness before you jet off into “Here’s a Little Something for Ya”.
The guys don’t lack originality, and manage to have you reminiscing about the party rock albums from their past like 1986’s License to Ill, while looking to the future with their new tracks. Dynamic vintage Beastie Boys is what you’ll be getting from this album, and if you ask us, their fresh return is more than welcomed. This is the Beastie Boys’ past, present, and future all in one.
If you haven’t checked out their star-heavy short Fight For You Right (Revisited), check it out below! Featuring Will Ferrel, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, and Elijah Wood just to name a few (and we really mean just a few of all the cameos), the film features tracks off their new album.