New York's favorite Jewish-born rappers, Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yauch (MCA), and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the Beastie Boys, return to their funky roots on their first album in over seven years, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. While this album may not contain the sampling techniques found on Paul’s Boutique, or be considered a party record like License to Ill or Check Your Head, the Beastie's offer a solid 44 minutes of all the elements you love and 'know so well.' It's hard to believe it's been three decades, but the Beastie Boys remain a vigilant force and a breath of fresh air to today's stale hip-hop.
If this makes any sense, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two sounds surprisingly familiar while new at the same time. I have been on board with the Beasties since License to Ill provided hope for my rap aspirations back in the late 80s, and after a few listens, found the new record highly enjoyable.
The Beastie’s eighth studio effort is a spectacle to behold as there are far too many sounds, lyrical bombardments, and techniques to write a review that does this album justice. You really need to 'ch-ch-ch check it out' for yourself. As a result, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two does what many people hoped for-it sounds the return of the (surprisingly young sounding) Beasties in present day with a nice 80s retro vibe.
'Lee Majors Come Again”, 'Say It", “Long Burn the Fire”, and “Nonstop Disco Powerpack” are a few of the many highlights found on this record.
Showbiz Kids Rating: 9 out of possible 10
(Listen to Hot Sauce Committee Part Two in full, right here.)