Like a fat worm slowly easing itself out of a can before flopping to the ground, Make Some Noise takes a moment to hook you in before exploding into a bouncing energetic beat and rapturous melody. As the first track on the Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, it makes you proud that you didn’t bother listening to the album in the store before purchasing it.
Their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is full of exciting moments of genre swapping. The dub inspired, Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win with Santigold, places hazy singing and distorted reggae beats alongside chirping sax. Shouting back to their punk beginnings, Lee Majors Come Again fills the room with thick guitar riffs and tense grubby rhythms. Funky Donkey describes itself best with the lines “put this on a zip disk, send it to your lawyer, tell him to file me under funky”. The album showcases the Beastie Boys talent for variety.
As for what the Beastie Boys know best, the re-release of Too Many Rappers, nearly two years after the single hit the shelves, finds an only slightly modified track. Like most things featuring Nas, however, it’s sure to please. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament breaks up the baton style rapping with a Foley artist sounding instrumental. Sticky beats and scathing rhymes on tracks like, Ok and Say It, create a fuzzed out, blown speakers kind of party.
Inventive and diverse, the Beastie Boys have found new ground to tread while still delivering the legendary styling’s that created them.