Beastie Boys-Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

 

 

 

There is an irony with the Beastie Boys today many fail to realize. Rapping since 1981, after a hardcore punk debut in 1979, these middle-age hip hop scholars who are pushing 50 years old, are still connected to a evolving world of twitter friendly, Facebook stalking, Myspace groupies. Through all the multi-tasking, fast pace ADD technology, these three Jewish New York/New Jersey native MC’s have not only paved a way for themselves as a cross-genre trio for over 30 years, but set a formula for other MCs to master for many years to come. Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 is an example of their no non-sense signature sound and authenticity within the hip hop culture.

Not much has changed since their 2005’s To The 5 Boroughs. Drum driven reverb obsessive tracks, tight lyricism, and random assortments of obscure samples are expected from a Beastie Boys album. Those who aren’t familiar with the boys can quickly be acquainted with their braggadocio like clatter with this album only, demonstrating nostalgia to the group rather than innovation to hardcore fans. The centerpiece of Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 is its level of reverb between each MC and the genres they skip around, giving range to the album that could be a bit monotone.
“Make Some Noise” is an instant classic stadium hit with its chorus only, reintroducing the trio back into the scene and reaffirming their voices after their mixed reviewed 2007 instrumental, The Mix Up. The pace quickens with “Nonstop Disco Powerpack”, adding the infamous cowbell, an essential instrumental of the band, both as novelty and absurdity. Hip hop veteran NAS joins in on the sauce with “Too Many Rappers”, bull dowsing through fuzzy washed out guitar riffs and punk inspired drums, thanks to Mike D. Philly native Santigold shifts the tempo to the early days of dub with the standout anthem “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”. “Lee Majors Come Again” is a punk jam, lasting more than the standard two-minute mark, thanks to Mix Master Mike’s turntable bridge in the middle of what seemed to be a Bad Brains tribute. Instrumental segways and music routines like “ Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament”, “Larry Routine” and “ the Lisa LisaFull Force Routine are short and sweet, splitting the album accordingly.
There was a focus with the early records, one that had a central theme and was worked throughout. Not to downplay Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, which is a jam pack album, full of everything you need to hear from the Beastie Boys. This isn’t however their greatest work of their career nor it’s their worst; its an album to enjoy plan and simple. You can’t hate on 30 years of constant growth, production and reinvention of a band that has created worldwide fame. They really have nothing to prove at this point in their careers and rightly so with the fans, political activists and artists they have touched along their journey. The command they possess is unlike any other band before or even after then. Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 communicates their love for music and you can’t go wrong with that.

Beastie Boys-Make Some Noise

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Author: Jon 2morrow

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