Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011): Review


Hack Stats
Independent On Sunday – 9
Q Magazine – 8
Kerrang! – 8
Uncut – 8
The Guardian – 8
BBC Music – 8
Mojo – 8
MusicOMH – 8
Drowned In Sound – 7
NME – 7
Rock Sound – 7
The Telegraph – 6
The Hackskeptic – 6
The Independent – 4

Average Rating 7.3/10

Who’d have thought that the collective that were introduced to most of the listening world via the ridiculous drop out anthem “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” would still be relevant 25 years on? The career of the Beastie Boys has been built on coherent experimentation of their old school rap with myriad styles including added punk rock, Jamaican dub, and hardcore, making for a body of work that continues to reach the top spot in terms of both commercial and critical appeal. From a purely musical perspective “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” sees the expressionism plateau to an honourable re-living of past glories. It’s the sort of respectable middle aged rap examination that’s neither groundbreaking nor innovative, relying on the security of limited development of a trusted template. The sparkle of surprise comes from the guest appearances from Nas on “Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)” and Santigold on the excellent rolling dub reggae of “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”. Admittedly, the release of this record has been partly handicapped by MCA’s cancer rehabilitation, and for that reason much of “HSC2” feels like a holding operation.

6/10

Track By Track Rating

1 – Make Some Noise 8

2 – Nonstop Disco Powerpack 6
3 – OK 6

4 – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version) 7
5 – Say It 6

6 – The Bill Harper Collection 6
7 – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win 9

8 – Long Burn The Fire 6
9 – Funky Donkey 6
10 – The Larry Routine 6
11 – Tadlock’s Glasses 5
12 – Lee Majors Come Again 6
13 – Mutilateral Nuclear Disarmament 6
14 – Here’s A Little Something For Ya 6
15 – Crazy Ass Shit 6
16 – The Lisa Lisa/ Full Force Routine 6

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