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Beastie Boys- Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

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On their latest album, the Beastie Boys still sound like they're at the top of their game--which is fantastic considering their age. There's a kinetic energy between the three of them that's difficult to explain. I know these guys aren't for everybody, but there's something about their collective enthusiasm that's charmed me into loving their music. The rhymes here aren't anything out of the ordinary for the band. This LP is loaded with jokes, obscure references, non-sequiturs, and cunning wordplay. It doesn't have the storytelling I usually love in my hip hop, but this LP is more about living in the moment than it is chewing things over.

But the absolute cherry on top of this album is the production. It's thick, heavy, textured, noisy, psychedelic, and fantastic. It's absolutely exciting to hear the Beasties advancing their sound this late in their career. It's like they took the electronic hip hop fusions on Hello Nasty and turned them into an unstoppable monster, which is now destroying the city.

Needless to say, I've enjoyed the hell out of this album.

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Beastie Boys- "Make Some Noise"

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On their latest single, the Beastie Boys bring back their classic sound without coming off dated. I love the detail in this boom-bap beat. It doesn't get much more crisp than this. With crowd sounds, a few interludes, some DJ cuts, and a robot voice, there's a lot of detail to be had in this one. Though I don't feel like the guys bring their best lyrics on this one, their interplay has gotten better with age. There's no denying that these guys work best as a unit. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts here.

Though I wasn't a fan of 5 Boroughs, I'm hoping that album only proves to be a misstep, and not some fall from grace. Because to me, the 'Boys have as much energy here as they had on Hello Nasty. If they keep that up for an entire record, we could have another solid release to add to the group's discog.

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