The Bush Administration sure influenced more than just politics. In the haze of all things that were frustrating about the 8-year reign and the terrorist attacks that befell New York was a change in some musicians' direction, not known for their political ambitions, the recent event spurred many. Consciously, deciding to voice their opinions on American policy. ‘To The 5 Boroughs’, the Beastie’s 2002 effort, became a lyrical onslaught of political policy and of the former president. Looking back on the last non-purely instrumental album, ‘The 5 Boroughs’ does play out like a heavily ordained album for an interest-group. Why not? It’s is their album, but most fans were put-off, not just by the overloud political messages, but of course because the production was completely lacking. Almost lifeless, it lacked any of the jazz and vibe their past work was so keen on giving. Since the beginning of their days in the ‘80s, the three Jewish New Yorkers masterfully put together samples of soul, jazz and punk rock. But even if all of those elements aren’t within ‘Hot Sauce Committee , Pt. 2’, just the fact some are an indication the Beastie Boys may be back having fun. And that’s what it’s all about, right? The now 40-somethings seemed to be giving into the political activism that was defining the early 2000’s. Their 2011 effort brings them back to their roots, quite literally too.
If the first track released called “Say It” wasn’t more evidence that the grey-haired rappers were delving back to their discography, similar to stuff on ‘Ill Communication’, then it’s already too late to convince cynics. Most of their albums played out like a layered sound of samples and live instrumentation with the three members taking stabs as the next lyrical comedian on every track. Their latest release is no exception, garnering memories of the Beastie Boy in the ‘90s.
The Beastie Boys were never a complex bunch in terms of lyrical skill, but the energy of the musicianship on ‘Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2’ has is enough to take note. After all, these dudes were originally a hardcore punk band that idolized legendary Bad Brains. Inklings of those moments are scattered, not quite enough, only if you’re actually searching for them. Take note, the opening track “Make Some Noise” bass line is infectious, but once again the echoed drubbing is a warm murmur throughout the track, giving it a classic, traditional hip-hop aura about it. That is what is at the core of the Beastie’s foundation; their musicianship gives life to their antics and the choruses are sensational. Whether their clowning around are warranted for people within their music were made ages ago, because someone who never enjoyed their comedic lines still won’t enjoy them now.
Despite a constant drone-like persistence throughout ‘Hot Sauce’ it never turns into a constant annoyance. Much of the album’s atmosphere plays like a more intricate and layered “Bodhisattva Vow” or “Shambala” without you know, chanting. When things take a turn for the serious, in terms of Beastie Boy serious, it still gets playful when Nas appears on “Too Many Rappers [New Reactionaries Version]”. For those looking for Ad-Rock, Mike D and MCA to pull another dud and question their dedication to the entire process, ‘Hot Sauce’ answers it. ‘Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2’ is a sequel to a still in the works 'Pt. 1', which was postponed due to Yauch’s health issues involving cancer. If all goes well, ‘Pt. 1’ will show the Beastie Boys are still on top of their game even after three decades of change. What is interesting about this record is the re-emergence of the three. It isn’t exactly groundbreaking work for the boys from New York, but does it matter? It still sounds completely distinct and fresh from most hip-hop acts from today. Can you think of many other artists who have actually mimicked the group in rhyme or reason? How about successfully? Nope.
2. Nonstop Disco Powerpack
4. Too Many Rappers [New Reactionaries Version]
5. Say It
6. The Bill Harper Collection
7. Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win
8. Long Burn the Fire
9. Funky Donkey
10. The Larry Routine
11. Tadlock's Glasses
12. Lee Majors Come Again
13. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
14. Here's a Little Something For Ya
15. Crazy Ass Shit
16. The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine
Beastie Boys are an American hip-hop trio from New York City, United States: Brooklyn and Manhattan. The members are Mike D (real name Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Adrock (Adam Horovitz).
The Beastie Boys were the first successful white rap group and one of the few acts from the early days of hip-hop that still enjoy major success. Their rock and punk-influenced rap has had a significant impact on artists both in and outside the hip-hop scene, and they were the first rap group to gain a substantial following with alternative rock fans.... read more