Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

Unlike the Beastie Boys’ instant vintage, nostalgia and cameo-heavy video for lead single “Make Some Noise,” Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 features just two guests. Both are significant, though: there’s Nas on “Too Many Rappers,” tying them to an old NYC colleague, and there’s “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win” with its cameo from Santigold, representing the neighborhood’s genre-smashing scene they helped create with their work in hip hop, their roots in hardcore, and their futuristic productions with the Dust Brothers. All of which is to say, the Beastie Boys of now are interested in partying with the Beastie Boys of then — the ones that star in the “Fight For Your Right” video and its FunnyOrDie-styled update, as well as the ones that made Check Your Head and got left behind by the post-9/11 seriousness of To The Five Boroughs and the instrumental space-out of The Mix-Up. As we said with “Say It,” this really does play like the re-up on Check Your Head: hear it in the playfulness of their ADHD wise-assery, the novelty dips back toward punk (“Lee Majors Come Again” stars as this album’s “Time For Livin,” albeit slower as fitting their advanced age), the stoner groove of “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament.” Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 has the Beastie Boys sounding excited again to be the Beastie Boys, bringing back those playful punchline trio rhymes, quick quips, and skewed and flanged production; it will be kind to summertime-party-playlist makers.

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is out 5/3. You can watch a replay of this weekend’s MSG boombox livestream below, or stream the explicit version of the LP at hotsaucecommittee.com.

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  1. Truly believe this album will go down as one of their greats. 2011 has given us some great albums so far and this is definitely up there with the best of them.

  2. Honestly surprised at how fucking great this album is.

  3. Yeah, blew me away. This is how you make a damn comeback album

  4. Comeback album? This album is as ferocious as every other one they have made…a true treat for longtime fans. Thank you so much B-Boyz

  5. I have not thought all that much about recent Beastie Boys releases, but am always curious to check them out (used to ride freestyle bike ramp to Licensed to Ill in the 80s and been listening ever since). If anyone is a skeptic like me, give this one a try. I couldn’t believe “my freakin ears.” The beats, the sounds, the rapping, it was not only cool, but fun and enjoyable and fresh! That is the key. It sounded new again. Congrats fellas. Nice to have you back.

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