Beastie Boys' 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two' now streaming in full online: Read our review here


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Ch-check it out: Due to some unauthorized rhymin’ and stealin’ (or more accurately, stealing of rhymes by lawless internet goblins), the Beastie Boys’ long-awaited Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is now streaming in full here.

The stream is accompanied by a note from the band explaining its appearance a full week in advance of Sauce‘s May 3 street date:

Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the “clean” version of our new album, The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked. So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!

Thank you, The Management

And without further ado, EW’s review–also to be found in this Friday’s print edition:

Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two


In the ’80s and ’90s, hip-hop’s premier party advocates built a cache of seemingly infinite cool. But for the past 10 years, the Beastie Boys have been in limbo, turning out sleepy albums like 2004’s To the 5 Boroughs and dealing with Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer diagnosis. The spark of classic joints like 1992’s Check Your Head seemed like it might be gone forever.

Thankfully, Yauch is now in remission, and the group’s eighth album gets back to the business of being, to paraphrase their ’98 classic “Body Movin’,” sweet like a nice bonbon. Although the trio is now collectively 135 years old, the Boys don’t spend Sauce pondering their own mortality. They’re too busy laying down noisy, minimalist funk (the glitchy “OK”), rhyming former NBA star John Salley with Vogue editor André Leon Talley (“Here’s a Little Something for Ya”), and crafting a perfect reggae-kissed summer jam (the Santigold collab “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”). And in case you forgot, the Boys are happy to remind you that there is a considerable amount of lyrical diesel left in their tank (“I’m running wild like rats in the Taco Bell,” declares Ad-Rock on “Long Burn the Fire”).

The Beasties get a lot out of a little, as most of these tracks are built around little more than 808 drum loops, some guitars, a couple of keyboard effects and a ton of reverb wrapping their voices in a sea of static. First single “Make Some Noise” forces a skronking organ groove to tap dance on some snare drums to groin-friendly effect, while “Say It” is the soundtrack to a robot dance battle.

There are nods to hardcore (the driving “Lee Majors Come Again”) and their sample-heavy work with the Dust Brothers (the chaotic, punchline-heavy “Crazy Ass S—“). Even the usually album-killing lounge-lizard instrumental (which took up the entirety of 2007’s The Mix-Up) sounds fresh and sharp: “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament” packs a surprisingly potent rhythmic undertow. And whatever the Boys are feeling, it’s apparently contagious; they manage to make Nas sound as engaged as he’s been in years on “Too Many Rappers.”

Hot Sauce is a lot like Daniel Craig’s übercool James Bond—another stripped-down return to a franchise’s best virtues after a decade or so of wandering the desert. It took a little time, but the Boys are back with a license to ill. A–

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  • Juan

    Classic Beastie.

    • Tom

      coming soon to play some lawn bowling near you

  • Rob

    Sick album, good to have them back!

  • audrea

    Just because I listened 2 licenced to Ill so many times,I gotta hear there 8th album! Beasties Alum

  • Michael

    The original rap trio, white rappers who’ve known how to rap deliver again. Make some noise for them.

  • Terri

    The Taco Bell line is Mike D, not Adrock.

    • Terri

      Also, Tadlock’s Glasses isn’t an instrumental, Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament is.

  • LOL

    Listened to about 1/2 of this and so far it sounds pretty damn good.

  • John C.

    “Even the usually album-killing lounge-lizard instrumental (which took up the entirety of 2007′s The Mix-Up) sounds fresh and sharp” I didn’t really like a full album of instrumentals, but “album killing lounge-lizard instrumental” is a ridiculous comment. They have been brilliant, perfectly placed segues. If you need more proof just spin Check Your Head or Ill Communication in its entirety. The Beastie Boys are about more than the Dr. Seuss rhymes. They’re musicians too.

  • outside agitator

    Too Many Rappers has a lyric worthy of being written by one of Jerry’s kids. if that’s “as engaged as Nas has been in years”, he needs to give up the benedryl. but hey, with a “lyric” like that being yelled over “music” consisting of computerized rubbish, this record gets an A- from EW. I’m gonna run right out and get it!

  • jets

    damn those pesky kids and their noise machines!

    …glad beasties are back!

    • outside agitator

      the Beastie Boys are my age. they just have the musical talent of tweens who have discovered the joys of profanity and have an app for synth loops on their i-Phone. as for “noise”, dude, I blast Iggy Pop’s Raw Power loud enough to sterilize your birth mother…whoever she may be.

  • Kurt

    They don’t mean to brag, they don’t mean to boast, but the beasties are intercontinental when they eat French toast.

  • TimW (No, not that one)

    Someone leaked the new record? Come on all a’ y’all, it’s sabotage!

  • Patrick

    Their Licence to Ill has no expiration date!

  • Dustin P.

    Happy to see “Hot Sauce 2″ getting a much deserved rave review here, but I must come to the defense of “To the 5 Boroughs.” There are several adjectives I would use to describe that album, and “sleepy” is not one of them. Easily the Beasties’ most solid and front-to-back listeneable release since “Paul’s Boutique.”

  • Jack

    I think it’s hilarious that Outside Agitator is namechecking the Stooge’s most accessible record in an effort to win credibility in the EW comments section.

  • free games

    Remarkable issues here. I am very happy to see your post. Thank you so much and I am having a look ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

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