On my seventh Birthday I got a present that would change my life forever. When it was handed to me I thought to myself this does not look like a G. I. Joe. What could it be? It’s probably no good I thought to myself; damn I really just want a new G. I. Joe. I opened it up and saw it was a cassette tape with an airplane crash on the cover. I unwrapped it, popped it in my boom box, pressed play, and heard the bass line kick in, it was “Rhymin & Stealin” and just like that I was hooked for life.
Throughout the years Beastie Boys made several albums (Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and The Five Burroughs). Every Album they put together got better and better and it seems that their latest album is no exception “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two”. It starts out with a very typical wacky synth line, followed by bombastic beats, and funny lyrics that only the Beastie Boys can produce. To me it sounds like “Paul’s Boutique” and “Check Your Head” made sweet love while listening to “License to Ill”.
In the past the Beastie Boys have worked with some really cutting edge producers like Rick Rubin and The Dust Brothers. This album was mixed by Philippe Zdar who has worked with acts such as M.C. Solar and Daft Punk. “The Hot Sauce Committee part two” features fellow New York rapper NAS on the track “Too Many M.C.’s. The aging Beastie Boys have not gone soft in their mid 40’s, with lyrics like “the proof is in the pudding and the pudding’s in my pants” and “Oh, my God—just look at me/Grandpa been rapping since ’83” they are just as alive as ever despite MCA’s battle with cancer. In classic Beastie Boys form the album has everything from old school hip hop, reggae beats, and fast up tempo punk styles. Of course the new album would not be complete without an amazing video from b’ boys, “Fight For your Right Revisited”. The Video continues where the original “Fight for Your Right” ends. Seth Rogan, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood playing the part of the Beastie Boys as they tear through the streets of New York City causing mayhem and destruction. The video also has cameos from just about every actor that was available at the time, from Susan Sarandon to Amy Poehler. At the end of the thirty min video they have an epic dance off with the Beastie Boys from the future that is played by Jack Black, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly.
“The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” is exactly what Beastie Boys and just music fans have been waiting for. This album is a must get for everybody who has ears.
Rating: 9.5 of 10