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Ill Communication

Beastie Boys

1994

Ill Communication

Album Summary

Ill Communication is the fourth studio album by American hip-hop group Beastie Boys, released by Grand Royal Records on May 31, 1994. Co-produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is among the band's most varied releases, drawing from hip hop, punk rock, jazz, and funk, and continues their trend away from sampling and towards live instruments, which began with their previous release, Check Your Head (1992). The album features musical contributions from Money Mark, Eric Bobo and Amery "AWOL" Smith, and vocal contributions from Q-Tip and Biz Markie. Beastie Boys were influenced by Miles Davis' jazz rock albums On the Corner (1972) and Agharta (1975) while recording Ill Communication.The album became the band's second number-one album on the US Billboard 200 chart and their second triple platinum album. It was supported by the single "Sabotage", which was accompanied by a music video directed by Spike Jonze that parodied 1970s cop shows.

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3.64

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5536

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Shiiiiiiit. If this gonna be that kinda party, I’m gonna stick my dick in the mashed potatoes.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Aujourd'hui, comme chaque jour ouvrable, synonyme de jour de dur labeur, je me dirige vers mon lieu de travail comme à mon habitude, ouvre mon ordinateur, et avant même de consulter mes mails, je me dirige vers mon générateur préferé, mon seul petit plaisir de la journée. Je me hâte de valider ma review de l'album précedent, ainsi que ma note, et laisse les frissons envahirent mon corps alors que j'attends avec excitation le nouvel album que je m'apprête à découvrir. Tout d'un coup, la page s'actualise et me laisse apercevoir de quoi ma journée sera rythmée. Seulement, c'est la stupéfaction: l'inscription "Anniversaire de Robpullvert" vient s'afficher digitalement sous mes yeux ébahis. En effet, aujourd'hui, nous sommes le 2 Juillet, et cette journée sera comme tous les 2 Juillet un véritable calvaire. Rob prend en effet le contrôle de l'intégralité des canaux de distribution musicaux. A la radio, on peut entendre Hugh Masekala joué tambour battant, dans les supermarchés, c'est The Crusaders qui vient polluer vos achats de vivres pour la semaine. J'ai tenté d'aggriper frénétiquement mon téléphone afin de jouer un peu de Ray Charles, mais le pistes avaient été effacées et remplacées par des hurlements de douleur et des appels à l'aide. Cette journée aura une fois de plus été synonyme de souffrance et de torture psychologique, ce qui est finallement assez representif de ce qu'il en est de cotoyer les 364 autres jours de l'année les avis musicaux desastreux de robcuillère.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

I consider myself pretty well-versed with the history of hip hop and most of the old records, but this is a side of the Beastie Boys I'd never heard before. I was expecting something more along the lines of "Licensed to Ill" or "Paul's Boutique", but this is something completely different. This isn't a rap album with jazz and funk influences, this is a jazz album with funky raps played over it. When "Sabrosa" came on halfway through, I had to double-check that I was still listening to the same album. Five well-deserved stars here

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

J'avais beaucoup d'estime pour cet album jusqu'au moment où j'ai compris qu'il ne s'appelait pas "Three Communication" mais "Ill Communication". Sans ce couac et je dirais même ce tollé provoqué par l'équipe marketing, le projet aurait pu bénéficier d'une étoile supplémentaire.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

I respect the Beastie Boys, but I've never really been a fan. This album fits that pattern. There's plenty of cool things going on, but usually too much or not enough on any given track. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy a number of songs, especially "Sabotage" of course. But this is the first album we've had where I skipped songs. It's longer than I would like to listen to the Beastie Boys. A lot of the beats are cool, but these guys are all over the place. Plus they use a lot of distortion, which I normally enjoy, but here it obscures to the point where I don't even care what they're saying or doing. Some of the world-music or jazzy-type stuff is interesting, but for most of the record they sound like a sloppy, unfocused Rage Against the Machine. The most memorable vocal performances were Q-Tip on "Get It Together" and Biz Markie on "Do It," which reminds me that (1) it's Black History Month, and we haven't had a black artist/album since Michael Jackson, and (2) this is our second "hip hop" album, and both were by white artists. I'm going to listen to Midnight Marauders as a palate cleanser after this--it came out a year before this, and it doesn't sound as dated. Hell, Illmatic was released a month before this! This sounds 10 years older than Illmatic. The audacity to release THIS, AFTER Illmatic, and to INCLUDE the word "ill" in your title.....seek help. This was gonna be a 2 until I learned that. In the words of James Brown, "I'm mad!" Favorite tracks: Sabotage, Get It Together, Sure Shot Album art: Uhhh....it's a guy at a drive through or something? Very boring to look at. He looks like he might have bad teeth. Maybe he's British? Maybe that's why this made the list? Oi, guvna, bugger off. Yeah, this cover sucks. 1.5/5

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

A classic. I always forget how eclectic this record is, and how many instrumentals it has.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Classic

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Sat May 22 2021
5

One of the better examples of those 90s records where the band tried a half-dozen different genres. Great sequencing - somehow the hardcore punk tracks don’t clash with the stripped-down sample-based hip hop. Lots of great jazz and funk instrumentals that don’t overstay their welcome. Because of this, in true 90s fashion, it sounds like a well-made mix tape. “Root Down” uses one of the best basslines ever to great effect. At times they drench their vocals in distortion and delay, reinforcing the focus on what sounds good over what would be conventionally expected of them. MCA is the MVP here, from his bass fills in “Sabotage” to the unique “Bodhisattva Vow.” Good stuff.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Holy shit this album. I had the misfortune of being born after the Beastie Boys heyday but I still felt their influence in pop culture throughout the entirety of the nineties. I don't know what I USED to think about them, but I do know it wasn't a critical or thoughtful opinion. This is the first album of theirs that I've seriously listened to all the way through and I'm just fucking blown away. The influences and styles they've managed to wrap up in this album are just wild - every track feels completely new but still connected to the previous track. I've seen complaints about the runtime but honestly it feels perfect to me. Through this album alone I've been convinced not only of the magnitude of the Beastie Boys' impact on hip-hop, but of the sheer sickness of the group itself.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Sabotage was the biggest rock radio hit of the summer of 1994 Let that sink in...recorded while Kurt Cobain was still alive...the number one rock radio song of the summer... ...was The Beastie Boys. In addition, Root Down, Sure Shot, Get it Together, Flute Loop, Heart Attack Man, Tough Guy...? Look. I was 20. I'm biased.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Great album upto and including "get it together". After that song, not so much. It meanders on a bit. 5 stars first half 1 star second half

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Amazing album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Follow up album to Check Your Head. Saw the Beastie Boys at Col Ballroom on Aug. 13, 1992. One of my favorite albums. 1 of 1001

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Very familiar. One of the best hip hop albums of all time - followed up Check Your Head in the BB’s progression into more mature / thoughtful themes (religion, domestic violence, music history, social issues, etc) while also remaining funky as hell and super funny/fun.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

I've never understood why The Beastie Boys' reputation as the ultimate frat boy party band, forged during the Licence To Ill era, stuck with them throughout their career. They knocked out "the hip hop Sgt. Pepper" in Paul's Boutique and still don't seem to get the credit they deserve as innovators. This album is all over the place in the best possible way. Hip hop to punk via funk and Miles Davis inspired jazz. An absolute classic.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Big change sonically from licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique but still has the unapologetic Beastie Boys vibe. Punk rock influences shine through on a handful of tracks. Essential hip hop album that made Beastie Boys the trail blazers they are. Top tracks: sure shot, Sabotage, get it together, Futtermans Rule

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Sat Jan 02 2021
4

Am I just hearing loudness or is there some real punk je ne sais quoi here? Either way, it's welcome and massively elevates the raps, which fade into the production in a way that is hard to do enjoyably. Length-wise the project seems a little bloated, but the instrumentals break it up enough to keep things fresh. Ending on one is an especially neat trick. There's clearly fun being had in the studio, but also what seems like genuine experimentation, deftly executed.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

First 3rd of the album is amazing, then gets pretty dull

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Tue Jan 11 2022
3

Its a lot of fun. Would probably be 4 stars if it was 40 minutes versus 60.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
2

meh except for sabotage

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

First half is really good. Starts to sound very samey and pretty bad during the middle/end.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Todella kova levy tämäkin

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Awesome. So much different musical styles in there.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

Time to get ill

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Great album. Beastie Boys have a special place in my heart despite the fact that I've never owned one of their albums. "Sabatoge," especially, puts this album over the top for me. 5 stars!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Banger.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Nostalgic. Grew up 2nd hand listening to these albums from parents and older siblings. They had fantastic taste.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

though one of their earlier albums, by far one of the best.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Fuck yeah absolutely amazing sound

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Used to listen to this all the time back in the day.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

What a musical masterpiece. Really loved this one.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

finally, the first five star album of this list

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Nice energy, Beastie Boys are classic, well.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Class, also got me through sick work times

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Brilliant album

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

I’ve loved this album since I first saw the video for Sabotage on MTV

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Fettes Album, 5/5. ich finde es übrigens richtig schwierig auf deutsch zu schreiben.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Classic! Best of hip hop,alternat,funk and jazz

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Eclectic and gritty sound. Unique and innovative style. Says early deez nuts joke. Fave songs: Sure Shot, Sabotage, Get It Together

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Thu May 13 2021
5

ES SABROSO!

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Sure shot and sabotage are jams. The album is eclectic, fun. Very listenable. Didn’t appreciate the whole album when it first came around.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

It does like 12 different genres all amazingly well. Awesome album.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Groovy!

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

HEART ATTACK! HEART ATTACK MAN! This album is damn near perfect.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

One of the great rap groups and albums of all time. Ageless...

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Know this album well. Think Hello Nasty might be my favourite, but this is close.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

5/5 - Love it

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Rockin' as hell, and rich in beats throughout. Sabotage is obviously an all timer, but Root Down, Sure Shot, Futterman's Rule, and Flute Loop are all favorites as well. I love the musical ending.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

sabotage!

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Fun album! Great mix of hip-hop and punk to make a truly unique experience.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

A1!

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Sure Shot was a really sweet song. I didn't realize how "punky" early Beastie Boys was. Very cool mashup of punk rock and old-school hip hop. Really liked this album.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Great sound, fantastic instrumentals and classic songs

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

This album is all over the place and I love it. They don’t make em like this anymore. Hip hop, beats, punk rock, flute solos, Tibet chants, jazz breaks. And that’s loaded up between some BANGER singles including arguably, the greatest guitar riff of the 90’s Fav tracks: “Sabotage” “Heart Attack Man” “B-Boys Makin With the Freak Freak” “Tough Guy” “Sure Shot”

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Brash, frantic, funky... this album will slap you round the face and command you to party!

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

My person favorite of the B Boys

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

All time classic! The Beasties in the middle of their peak. All the different sounds, Sabotage, Root Down, Sabrosa, Tough Guy! They are there own genre and we are better for it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Couldn’t bring myself to dee-rrrrop them down to a 4

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Brilliant throughout, interesting and track order is perfect.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Love it, great to hear real instruments playing real funk. Another album from my prime youth of the early 90s that stands up well today.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Un album de Rap comme ça, aujourd'hui, c'est impensable. Prefs: Sure Shot, Root Down, Sabotage, Get It Together, Sabrosa, Futterman's Rule, Alright Hear This, Heart Attack Man, Bodhisattva Vow Moins Pref: Flute Loop

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

THE best Beasties album by a country mile. Love it.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

geiler mix, old school hip hop mit nicen jazzy samples und geilem Kontrabass, und recht starken effekten auf stimme etc. Recht experimentell aber immer auf die Fresse. Plötzlich ein Punk song, plötzlich Cypress Hill, SABOTAGE wir immer geil sein - das Verzerrte Bass Riff (*Smacks Lips*). Gleichzeitig Old School (mehr als andere in 1994), aber auch modern und experimentell. Auf Dirtchamber Sessions zwischendurch da

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

This was the first beasties album I really listened to. Super groovy instrumental tracks really highlight the boys' musical skills.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Listened before? Y Another amazing beginning to end album. These guys were so talented as a group. I hope we get some music from the remaining two someday although that looks like a long shot. RIP MCA. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Sure Shot, Root Down

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I've been a big fan of the Beastie Boys for many years. I'm not sure if this is my favorite, but its up there. It does admittedly lose a little steam after Get It Together but it's still good and is a very creative album. Its probably a 4 star album overall, but it gets a 5 from me for the bold choices made.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

This is straight fire, Some absolute bangers here, Less towards the end. 9/10

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Bom pra pilhar

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

No brainer

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

This is one of the best albums I've ever heard in my entire (and short) life! Jesus, its perfect. Every single take is memorable, breathtaking. Simply *d o p e*!

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

already loved it!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

A perfect album - always wondered why the beastie boys are three white dudes with so much cred in hip hop - besides the Rick Rubin connection - they are artfully awesome at this - organic and honest hip hop to who they are - not white boys trying to be black

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

It is of course a classic. Maybe a few tracks too long but it's the Beasties at their peak

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

My favourite Beastie Boys album 💗

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Stunning and energetic

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

lots of tracks and about half of them are bang on, way too cool for school

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Gem

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

This is the first album they made living in CA and you can hear the influence and it sounds awesome.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

This is one of my all time favorite albums.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

This album hit the spot like a slice of New York pizza. I'm a Beastie Boys fan from beginning to end, but I think this and "Hello Nasty" are their absolute creative peak. They have matured a bit here, and are slightly more reflective in places, but they haven't lost their playful spirit. They bring so many styles together - even going back to their punk roots for perhaps the best example of a rap-rock hybrid ever with "Sabotage." One might argue that the instrumental numbers slow it down, but I think that it showcases their versatility as musicians and I appreciate the change of pace. This album is kind of all over the place but it just keeps moving. Played this alot during the summer of the boombox in the backseat.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

I listened to this album several times. SO up beat. SO fun. was very surprised. I hadn't listened to this gem before or wrote off the beastie boys way to early.

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Een heel gevarieerd album inderdaad. Van duidelijke hiphop naar steenharde rock naar een beetje funk. Ook de instrumentale nummers zijn zeer aangenaam om naar te luisteren. Ik kon dit album ten volle smaken!

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Fri May 20 2022
5

The only album so far where I've intentionally listened to the "extended" version.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Great album. Some really addictive beats. Some Beastie albums are hit and miss for me, but this is a classic.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

I just love this style (I first discovered Ice cube, which I love, and now this !)

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Un classique. Selon moi c’est le plus authentique des albums du groupe et probablement le plus populaire grâce entre autre à Sabotage. Et en terme de montage de chansons avec des samplings, Sure Shot, Root Down et Flute Loop sont des réussites en tout point. Un album auquel je reviens régulièrement.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

It was a five even before "Sabotage" hit. Everything about it is fire. This is the best Beastie. Fight me.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Obra maestra.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Beastie Boys always a 10/10.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

My favorite Beastie album is Check Your Head, but Ill Communication is a close second. Amazing lyrics, samples, and they doubled down on the cool funk jazz stuff. 5/5

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

A classic.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Ooohheee. I knew this from my sisters playing it when i was young. Thought i would like it, but didn't think it would be this good. Really progresses well through the album, never gets boring.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

A couple songs were kinda medium, but mostly bangers!

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Pour vrai, c'est malade cet album ,ca s'écoute tellement bien et leur style est incroyable. Vraiment je n'vais jamais écouté les beastie boys et je suis charmé par leur musique de plus en plus. 5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

I knew some of the classics on this album but hearing the album cuts for the first time was great. The interludes were amazing, features were great and the BBs were getting it in at the time.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Love it. Always have

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Love this

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Ååå herregud så sinnsykt bra. Metall, hip hop, funk og jazz. så progressivt og så variert. Et av de beste albumene jeg noe sinne har hørt på en evighet. Hvis beastie boys skal ut på turne, er signer jeg up.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Heard it. Already love it. Looking forward to a nice re-listen.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Perfect. Every cut is good and the variety of tracks is utter vibe candy.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Peak Beastie Boys

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Oh my God, that's some funky shit! I didn't even need to listen to this album to give it five stars, but I did anyway, because it's not only a fantastic album, but a well-rounded one to boot. It's got classic tracks like "Sure Shot," "Sabotage," "Get It Together," and "Alright Hear This," plus some of their best instrumental stuff, like "Sabrosa," "Shambala," and "Transitions." And let's not forget <insert basically any other track here>. It doesn't really get better than this.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Like the soundtrack to my formative years this one pumps from the speakers like a mission from God

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Their opus

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

It's got Root Down, it's got Sabotage, what more could you want? ...That's not enough? Well, every track is a banger. It's the Beastie Boys, what did you even expect? This album made me commit grand larceny on at least three grandmas.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

The boys at it again with another masterpiece, but entirely different from the sampledelic approach of Paul's Boutique. Here they take an aggressive blend of a million different genres, primarily hip hop, punk, jazz, and rock in that order, among a million others. 20 songs in an hour, each with a unique style, yet all with a consistent energy that is carried from one to the next. I'm always excited for the next song, and a lot of them link together perfectly. Features contributions by the legendary Q-Tip and Biz Markie. There's so much going on in each song too; none of them are just gimmicks. I genuinely love every minute of it, but I can how viewers can be pushed away by the abrasiveness of certain tracks. It's a fun and crazy album with a lot to love and little to hate. Tons of memorable tracks and strange styles you couldn't find on any other album.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

In which Beastie Boys take us on a tour of their record collection, featuring samples from gems such as "Root Down (And Get It)" by Jimmy Smith, Jeremy Steig's "Howlin' For Judy" (dig that jazz flute) and "Headless Heroes" by Eugene McDaniels. It’s a joy hearing the trio swapping verses in full flow over catchy hooks and heavy beats. There’s an enthusiasm and love for life present throughout, rare in a hip hop record - if this even is a hip hop record with its diversion into rock (the peerless Sabotage) and acid funk jazz fusion jams, mostly instrumental and sounding really freaking awesome for the most part. And despite this cut and paste melange of styles the production is excellent and maintains a consistent mood and vibe throughout. As much as anything, the Beasties had great taste and it shines through in the music they made. A far cry from the brattish teenagers of Licensed to Ill, here are fine artists and musicians delivering a top notch and unique record. RIP MCA. You are very much missed.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

Hells to tha yeah, this is the shiznit. Six stars.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

High energy, liking it so far but could get repetitive I like Eugene’s lament, it mixes it up

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Classic. Taught me many new words and things when I listened to it as a child

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Cuarto álbum de estudio del grupo neoyorkino, en el cual impresiona lo bien fusionado de los géneros que lo componen. Hip Hop Alt, Hardcore Punk, Jazz Funk, y otros tantos nombres que se les podría dar a la abarcativa fórmula que los Beasties usaron para este álbum que impactó en los 90's. Todo se construye sobre una raíz hiphopera bien clásica, pero con bases innovadoras y que se nota que está interpretada con instrumentos reales. Es interesante esa impronta que, aunque están haciendo vanguardia e innovando con muchísimas mezclas, las interpretaciones sean con músicos. A esto se le suma el turntablism que es un detalle increíble por lo bien usado que está, y por cómo suma al resultado. A la base hiphopera se le va sumando el resto: interludios rockeados, canciones punk, y hasta temas instrumentales con tintes jazzeros o percusión africana. A ese punto llega la catarata de sonidos que se usa en este trabajo tan bien cuidado y en el cual abundan los detalles. La producción estuvo a cargo del grupo + Mario Caldato Jr, un productor brasileño el cuál tuvo un trabajo increíble haciendo este álbum, el cuál suena de una forma increíblemente cuidada y con cada cosa en su lugar.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

One of my favourite albums. It got released at just the right for me and for a couple of years the Beastie Boys were just about the coolest guys to grace the planet. Blending punk, funk, hip hop and bosanova this is a record collection on one disc.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

This album oozes cool. Great tracks throughout including Sabotage - one of the coolest songs ever. Also enjoyed all the musical interludes. Easy 5.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

They have to keep sending out these albums I have never heard of before. It's getting ridiculous. Seriously, can't tell you how many times I have listened to this album when it came out. Forget "Sabotage," every track on this album and "Paul's Boutique" pretty much solidifies for me Beastie Boys as their two best albums. I now go to their lesser played tracks, like "Get It Together" as one that I play numerous times. Q-Tip's contributions to this track work so well. The instrumentals... some of them are my favorites of all time. "Ricky's Theme" is such a chill tune. I get very reflective hearing it every time. I think the only song that is a little too goofy is "B-Boy Making With The P Freak", but it still has good spots in it. This album is probably one of my top 10 of all time, so there's no way I'm giving it anything lower than a 5. Am I biased? The guy who has their book, the Sabotage action figures and every album of theirs? Probably. But you can't deny how good this album is. You just can't.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

And this was when it all came together again, at least in a commercial sense, but I'd suggest that went hand-in-hand with the group's realization of what it aimed to be in the world. 'License to Ill' was the raucous debut that put the boys on the map. Then they did some existential roaming and soul searching through the wildernesses of 'Check Your Head' and 'Paul's Boutique'. What they found out there was a significantly evolved sense of self and identity and that came through in a way that nearly everyone could connect with. Sure, they still had the rough edges ('Tough Guy', 'Sabotage'), and moderately childish demeanor ('Heart Attack Man') that people first knew them by, but their expanded influences ('Sabrosa', 'Flute Loop', 'Bodhisattva Vow', really almost the rest of the album) and their resulting applications and translations proved that they had come into something well beyond where they started. That growth, that change, that evolution is exactly the kind of metamorphosis that I think merits a band having multiple albums on this list.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Beste Beastie Boys album. Geweldige mix tussen hip-hop en gitaarmuziek. Blijft nog altijd heel goed overeind.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

'Because I drive like a maniac on the streets and I don't give a fuck 'cause I’ve got the beats' Die hebben ze en die zijn ook echt goed!

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Perfect. I loved this when it came out and it was great to enjoy it again. A lot of energy and fun conveyed by the Boys.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

The sound of 1994 for me. I can’t be objective about it. I love every left turn no matter how questionable. They tuned up all their previous phases and turned out an epic feast. It seemed to cover every possible aspect of my life in some way: playing an absurd amount of basketball (badly but with a certain flair), trying meet girls, broadening my musical horizons, working on being a better person, just goofing off with friends. I might actually love Paul’s Boutique or Check Your Head more, but this one is peak Beastie Boys for me in many ways.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

I swear, Beastie Boys have been popping up in my life SO much recently. Like four or five times I've heard someone mention them within the past month. Glad we got them on here! This album is killer. "Sabotage" could be a solo song on an album and it would have a spot on this list because of how great it is. Wow, listening to this album I am continually blown away. Genre-bending, exciting, funky, authentic, raw, and fun. It's not even that the music switches genres and it's amazing for doing that; each genre is done so impressively well, and somehow they manage to keep it all in one consistent sound in the context of the rest of the record. This is such an easy 5/5 for me. One of my favorites so far.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Phenomenal. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an album quite like it. It combines such an eclectic mix of styles and somehow sequences them into a cohesive listening experience. Hip-hop is the predominant genre. "Root Down" has some of the best rapping I've heard from The Beastie Boys and the Q-Tip collab "Get It Together" was a highlight. But there's also a lot of hard rock. "Sabotage" is a classic. And I enjoyed the two noisy punk rock tracks, "Tough Guy" and "Heart Attack Man" (this one even turns into midtempo metal sludge for a moment). There's also a ton of jazz and funk infused into the music. (The flute sample on "Sure Shot" is gold. One of those beats I could listen to on loop for hours.) There are some incredible instrumental tracks (like "Futterman's Rule") that combine everything together for some awesome jams. I checked out the album credits, expecting to see a long list of samples and was surprised to find that a large portion of this album features live instrumentation. A little digging shows there’s a fair amount of sampling too but I’m impressed by how much is newly recorded. The Beasties could have been a jazz-rock fusion band if they wanted to!

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Tue Sep 01 2020
4

Sabotage is always a classic

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Mon Dec 14 2020
4

Fun and loose. Showcases the Beastie's hardcore punk roots more than I'm familiar with. End of the album is kind of a drag. Favorite tracks: "Get It Together", "Do It", "Sabotoge"

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Kova levy! Siisti tyyli tehdä hoppia ja poikkesi isosti valtavirrasta, arvostan.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
4

The sampling is *chef’s kiss*

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pretty nice

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Very strong vocal style. An unknown artist for me, but an amazing addition to my collection

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

4/5. BEASTIE BOYSSSSSSSS. I wish more rap/rock albums 1) existed and 2) were this good. So much energy in sabotage, great song to get hyped too!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Enjoyed this for sure. Long album but some fun songs although I couldn’t name them for sure.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

DOPE, I didnt know beastie boys had so much range, this album is punk funk rock and rap, insane

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

A lot of cool instrumentals. Great singles. At 59 minutes, it's long.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

This was an album that I haven't listened to in more than 20 years, so it's a strange experience coming back to it after all these years. It's interesting to see the different samples they were using on this album. Lots of jazz and funk influence. There's a lot more instrumentals in this than I remember. It's also pretty fun when they break out the hardcore punk for a song or two. It's a little strange listening to a rap album where my least favorite thing about it is the lyrics and still liking it, but the instrumentalism and diversity of sounds in this album really saves it 4/5

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Loud and wacky. Good job boys.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Not my favourite Beastie Boys album, but they get a 4 for nostalgia and my teenage crush on Ad Rock. This is a fun listen, they're such fun to listen to you don't really notice how damn good they were.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Grymma beats. Fantastiska interludes. Bäst: Sabotage

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Awesome album. Great musicianship which I was not expecting. Got a little repetitive near the end. But cool style.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Great songs, but the first half of the album is obviously the best.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Hyvä levy johon en ole aiemmin jostain syystä tutustunut tarkemmin. Yllättävän rokkaavaa, jopa punkahtavaa meininkiä joissakin biiseissä. Tunnin kesto oli vähän liikaa, varsinkin kun mukana oli joitakin täysin tarpeettomia instrumentaalisekoiluja.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Beastie Boys have such a unique sound. Great beats, great lyrics, catchy songs altogether.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Funky Jazz, scream hip-hop akin to a milder version of Rage Against the Machine (who was surely influenced), and hard-as-fuck punk rock songs. It's eclectic and definitely shines in the instrumental groovy songs.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

I fucks with the beastie boys them and Eminem gr8 white rappers

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Probably my favorite Beastie Boys album. I love the contrast from Sure Shot to Sabotage.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

very good. I have more of an appreciation for beastie boys, everyone wronged me I swear. Sabotage goes harder than I remember, but freak freak goes hard hard. last quarter or so grew dull I think. hour long albums are hard to get through imo.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Great bass and the instrumentals were really good. The rest was bonus.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

So great. It quite five star but would get 9/10

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

yeah, that's about what i remember - takes me back, for sure. less baggage about the hangers-on now than i had back then, which is nice.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Already reviewed this album, but it's still amazing to listen to!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Know this album inside and out, no fair reviews, They can not put a foot wrong, every track is just solid start to finish.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

4 - würd mir das teil gerne mal live einizentrieren von der bar aus

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Oh boy they did it. They made me homesick for good ol Brooklyn. This is a Sure Shot to a good time. Great flow, mad sample game. A treasure.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Better rock-rap than most new metal ever was. || Loved listening for the samples! When the levee breaks by Led Zeppelin and (I think) sweet leaf by Black Sabbath on the first track. definitely caught some recognizable riffs on girls and other tracks, but couldn’t name em all. || Fun facts I learned looking this up: this was the first rap album to chart! || Kerry King of Slayer played the riff and solo in No Sleep Til Brooklyn, they met because Rick Rubin was producing Slayers album at the same time! || they also were planning to record a Beatles cover but ran into legal trouble with Micheal Jackson - funny this came on our list right after thriller!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Love it

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Sat May 08 2021
4

I liked this a lot. The beats and production are so good and the rapping is decently hype. The back half got kinda weird and slow but it is what it is. 8

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Those beastie boys…I still don’t know if it is true but I read something a long time ago that they were originally the Latch Brothers who recorded some songs for the Jet Set Radio Future soundtrack. I haven’t googled to confirm because I want it to be true. But we need to live in a world of truth so I did just google it and I was half right!! Mike Diamond was in Latch Brothers and Beastie Boys so I’ll take that as a win. I love the Beastie Boys style and this album really shows that. Sure Shot lets you know the angle of the album before immediately jumping into the less than a minute Tough Guy. Sabotage is such a good song with that famous intro beat. I really enjoyed Get It Together as well, was that one of the members of Tribe Called Quest on that one?? The only song on this album I’d listened to already was Sabotage so all of this is new to me and I’m loving it. I’m not sure if I like this album or License to Ill more, I haven’t listened to either of them fully but there feels like a ton of variety on this one. There are short and long songs, instrumental and rap. The whole album feels like a Jet Set Radio type album as well. Perfect for skateboarding down Mulholland or just cruising on the 405. The cover of the album looks like either a Beastie Boy or a Blues Brother (BB) ordering at a drive in. I guess there could be some Ill Communication there. Maybe some dumb car hop got their order wrong and they were like “THIS IS A SABOTAGE”.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

I've always enjoyed the Beastie Boy's so much for the originality and freshness in the rap genre. A punk band that turned rap and still played live instruments. They have a fantastic instrumental album called "The In Sound From Way Out!" that they released after this record and you can very much tell they were itching to jam again on here. So many instrumental tracks on this album. Hard ones too. They're instrumental album is definitely a lot more funky than the ones on here. They fit the tone of the album a lot better though. "Get It Together," with Q-Tip is a classic. I think I find these guys so impressive every time because its such a collaborative project. Very few rap groups now have that flow where they literally finish each others sentences. Some groups feel like they don't even write in the same room, but I could not imagine the Beastie Boys being apart when they create these songs. A group that could never go solo.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Great tracks. Funk.. Jazzy

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Incredibly stupid, pretty fun. I do think the Beastie Boys are better when you don't listen to an entire album at once though.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Cool album, the better known songs are by far the best

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Pretty fun. Too long. 7

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Good early rock/rap genre expanding album. “No Sleep til Brooklyn” Is a favorite.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

no es mi estilo pero re weno el disco. es como kyuss con rage against the machine

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

FUCKIN' YES!!!!

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

I've loved these guys since the 80s, and yet I constantly forget what a great listen most of their albums are, so keep being surprised by how much they rock. Few bands can make me smile as much as the Beastie Boys do. They're familiar, we grew up at the same time, they're practically family. This album was a great start to the day today.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

pretty good instrumentals; a few really good songs, some not so good 3-4/5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

am i... a beastie boys fan??

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Great and propably enjoyed it more than Paul's Boutique.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

good that.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Great work from the Beastie Boys. Perhaps a few too many tracks; they could have left a couple out. Overall very good though.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Solid album, a lot more interlude type tracks than I expected but a very enjoyable listen.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Great album

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

A solid hip-hop album with some banging tracks, but it peters off at the end. 8.0/10 Best Tracks "Sure Shot" "Sabotage"

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Better than “Licensed To Ill” by far to me. Great use of samples. The album does run a little long though. Favorite Track : Get It Together Least Favorite Track : Ricky’s Theme

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

"Root Down" is a vibe, this bass line is so good, the guitar lick complements it so well. My favorite so far. "Sabotage" is so sick, the guitar line goes so hard but not too hard, leaves some space for the vocals to elevate the track. The hook is probably the most memorable so far, pretty great. "Sabrosa" - sure I guess? It's catchy, but it doesn't really build up to much. Keep in mind that I'm very out of my element here, I don't listen to a lot of hip hop or music from the 90's. "The Update" - this gave me the full mix I was missing so far, with that sort of pulsing bass. Definitely works as some great punctuation within the album. "Futterman's Rule" is pretty good, love the guitars. Kinda wish it would go a little crazier though. "Alright Hear This" is a banger! "Eugene's Lament" is a pretty great little interlude. Though I think it runs a little longer than it should. "Do It" I do like this track, but the album is starting to lose me a little. Even with the risks they take with incorporating flutes and whatnot, they still deliver a very straight, even sound. I think some more variety in the beats, and deliveries would make it better. "Ricky's Theme" is kind of getting me back into it, the tasteful production centered around the very nice bass line works well. The drums sound great. "Heart Attack Man" I really thought they were going to feed the acoustic baby in me. No but this bangs. Do wish the vocals were a little farther up in the mix to match the energy though. "The Scoop" started out a little slow for me, but got better as it went. That outro is pretty great. "Shambala" PLEASE this scared me, thought it was okay. "Bodhisattva Vow" So the scary zombie vocals are still here. They work okay here, but they're also all I can focus on. Overall, this was pretty damn good, the production was probably the best facet. The bass lines were slick, and the guitar complemented them really well. The drums were a little spotty, but when they were good, they were really good. The vocal performances were overall pretty good, but I do think I would've liked a little more variety. This is just based on the first listen, so my opinion might change. But a pretty good album to get me out of my comfort zone.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

it was ok

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Sat May 29 2021
4

First time listening: 16/20 songs liked I slept on them. I generally know their top songs which to me sound very grading because of their voices (beat first is what I judge) but wow. Their instrumentals and sounds on this album are super experimental. I will definitely give them another chance. 3 songs saved

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

The Beasties! Had never listened to the whole album, with Sabotage being the only song I knew going into it. Awesome. A bit all over the place, but I really enjoyed that. I'd give it a 4.4 out of 5.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Good album. Fun to listen too and experimental.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Not usually a fan of hip hop, but the rock vibe they bring to it is actually pretty good. I can see why people like it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Get It Together is the top track, MCA is stellar the whole album. Futterman’s Rule is a heavy, badass instrumental groove.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

No me lo escuché entero pero está guapísimo, me recuerda a ATCQ y eso son buenas noticias

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Funky. A classic.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Wow.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Yup, liked that.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

It's a bit uneven but the grooves are tight! Obviously was familiar with a few songs on here (Sabotage, Sure Shot to a lesser extant) but never listened to the full album. I've been fairly agnostic... probably most due to the vocals always being a bit harsh. But now I realize that the grooves and DJing is probably more important for them than the MCing, at least on this record.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Yesss

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

A classic with some stone cold bangers. I am going 4 stars though for the over used distorted mics and one too many bongo tracks.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Another great album. And it's not even as good as Licensed to Ill in my opinion.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Not into this at all.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

not a huge fan but enjoyed this album

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

A notable "spiritual sequel" to License to Ill, Ill Communication displays the progression of the Beastie Boys artistry. Not only have the raps and production of their songs developed over time, but their ideas of what the genre can sound like also expanded. In "Sure Shot" open with a jazzy flute solo, lay down a backtrack, and do their signature scheme in a lo-fi soundscape that is very prominent in the rap, hip-hop and electronic music of the modern era. It's those type of ideas that are one of many reasons I would say this album is ahead of its time. They keep their punk rock roots intact with the rest of Side 1, running a suite of punk-rap bangers starting with Tough Guy and ending with the widely famous Sabotage, the notable single of the album. All of these sides are not as widely energetic or loud as their previous hits, but I think it's a nice contrast to showcase how subtleties in dynamics and sound filters can keep a record more interesting. Q-Tip from ATCQ and Biz Markie tag along on the record and share some call and response verses between the Beasties, showcasing classic, but aggressive, comradery that rap is so widely known for. Their features on the record are stellar. The second half "experimental jazz" side of this record isn't usually what I come to the Beastie Boys for, but they decided to do what they want in true B-Boy fashion and knocked it out of the park. To take inspiration from Miles Davis and just create a hip-hop jazz soundscape that focused on the talents of each member beyond their rap skills was something I'm sure turned off a lot of fans, but to me is a testament to their legacy as an all-time great group. Favorite Songs: B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak, Sabotage, Get It Together, Sabrosa, Shambala Least Favorite: The Scoop

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Great album ... I was familiar with it. Like the instrumentals

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Classic. More instrumental songs than I would have guessed, brilliant samples and guests

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

So this isn’t my kind of thing, really, but I can tell it’s great. The range of influences is incredible. I’ll listen again.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Tough guy, Sabotage

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I'm tickled to see Biz Markie appear on this list. And "Sabotage" slaps so hard the song alone makes this album a worthy entrant on the list. Yes, sports fans, Sabotage is a 5. Similar to most rap/hip-hop albums I've come across on this list, this one is overall just a little too long. I certainly don't mind an album running long or taking it's time. But when you get to the 5th or 6th song and find yourself thinking it's running as long as a post-season extra-inning baseball game, that's what we in the business call a problem. That might be the one thing keeping this from 5 territory. Like "Sabotage", a good chunk of this album slaps. I'm impressed the Beasties pivoted from not being allowed to sample songs into something that is oftentimes majestic.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Great great album loved it!

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

I never listen to this album before. I heard the hits on the radio, but never the piece as a whole. I appreciate the range of the Beasties. I was blown away by the instrumental tracks and laughing at the lyrics of their more traditional rap tracks.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Listen all y'all it's a SABOTAGE

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

I really liked some of the more instrumental heavy tracks (surprise). Pretty solid album from the boys.

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