Hot Sauce Committee Part Two - Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the new album by Brooklyn's finest rap trio, Beasties Boys was supposed to be released in 2010, but was delayed due to a medical leave by the group's Adam Yauch (aka, MCA). However, Yauch overcame his struggles with throat cancer, and returned with cohorts Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and a sound that merges the strongest aspects of hip-hop, punk, reggae, and any other genre that can sound spectacular when done right. Highlights abound on this album (it is a truly complete listen and one of the best of the year; plus, skits are kept to a minimum), but standouts include the serious throwback "Nonstop Disco Powerpack," "Say It," which starts off with something resembling a distorted buzzsaw and only gets more brutal from there including a speaker-blowing beat and massive chorus, and "Long Burn the Fire." The latter, which after many listens has been designated the album's instant classic, starts with dueling guitar/keys, only to evolve into a chorus that takes an old-school 70s sample and renders it unrecognizable and funky via particularly deft DJ work. Yauch starts the song proclaiming it to be "some nasty sh!t," and he is not spouting empty rhetoric. If you are not a fan of original, exhiliratingly executed hip-hop music, move directly to "Lee Majors Come Again" for energetic, surging punk, or see "Funky Donkey" for a bassline that is pretty much the epitome of...well, funk (the steel drum is quite awesome as well). When it comes to experimenting with musical genres, Hot Sauce Committee Part II has something for everyone. And it is all tasty as hell. Thank God for MCA's doctors.