Long before Eminem burst onto the rap scene, a trio from New York called the Beastie Boys fused punk rock, metal and hip hop. In 1983, when rap was still in its infancy, the Beastie Boys grabbed the mic and won over a predominately African-American hip hop audience. With classics such as "Fight For Your Right to Party" and "Paul Revere," their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill, helped rap gain a mainstream audience.
Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and the Beastie Boys are still rhymin' and stealin' with a brand new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.
The album returns to the retro beats and scratches that put the band in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. It also features its fair share of celebrity guest rappers and musicians, such as Nas ["Too Many Rappers"] and Santigold ["Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win"]. If you're looking for a fun-filled ride with clever storytelling and old-school beats, give Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 a try during your next workout.
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