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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sun Mar 19 2023
4

Ill Communication is like the Beastie Boys threw a party, invited punk rock, hip-hop, jazz, and funk, and things got wild. While this 1994 album offers head-bobbing tunes like "Sure Shot" and mosh-worthy jams like "Sabotage," it lacks the cohesion of their other iconic works. Their lyrics still pack a punch, serving up wit and humor in each rhyme. But let's face it, it's not the lyrical goldmine of "Paul's Boutique." Though not their magnum opus, Ill Communication proves the Beastie Boys' unstoppable creativity and genre-defying skills. Not their pièce de résistance, but a funky-fresh, genre-hopping adventure worth a spin.

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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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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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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

Nobody has managed to do what the Beastie Boys did. Hip hop/rap with a noticeable rock/punk history that isn’t annoying.

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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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Sat Oct 14 2023
3

This album samples lots of jazz and FUNK Then it goes all hardcore PUNK Beastie Boys rap in a group of THREE Pretty corny now, but it works for ME ok I'll stop. This album is good when it's a hip hop album - the BB's and guests' verses are all at a really consistently high level, with inventive beats and sampling, and distinctive cadence/flow. The punk stuff is like C-tier Minor Threat, the jazz stuff is kind of pointless. Favorites: Sabotage, Update, Get it Together, Do It

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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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Sat Feb 17 2024
1

Annoying squeaky shouting over really dull and instantly forgettable music. Unfathomably popular. In terms of 'Boys' bands: Beach > Pet Shop >>>>> Back Street >>>>>>>>>> Ordinary >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Beastie. Rating: 1.5/5 Playlist track: Sabotage Date listened: 16/02/24

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Awesome. So much different musical styles in there.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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