By Chris Porter
July 2, 2004
They’re baack… …And once again The Beastie Boys are sitting on the top of the charts with their first self-produced 2004 release titled “To the 5 Boroughs”. This release is a follow up to the 1998 smash record “Hello Nasty”, and with a “Sounds of Science” greatest hits album thrown in between, seems to establish a trend that these guys take some serious hiatus between albums. The trio have carved quite a niche in hip-hop history as pioneers offering an often replicated, but never duplicated style as well as a rich, unmistakable layered sound only they can create.
The Beastie’s brand of hip hop is laced with a little of everything from old school funk, jazz, and rock sampling to new school turntable solos (Ala the addition of a new DJ: Bay Area premier turntablist Mix Master Mike since “Hello Nasty”) and cool dance-style beats with a techno flavor. As always, this much anticipated recent release should have a little ‘something’ for everyone – be it blasting through the speaker stacks at your local house party, or the soothing background noise emitting from the dashboard of your ride while sipping a latte on the way to work.
UPDATE: July 1, 2015
Adam Yauch, A.K.A. MCA, died in May of 2012 due to throat cancer. The future of the group is unknown at this time. RIP Adam my brotha, and thank you for giving us all the phat jams.
If you haven’t been privy to the sound of ‘The Three’, then its high time you bust on over to The Band’s Website and take a listen. If you are any fan of hip-hop, or perhaps a fan of any type of fun, “Shake Your Rump”-style music, The Beastie Boys will never disappoint.