By Krystal Mcgee |Staff Writer|
After 30 years, The Beastie Boys have won their right to party.
Their new and highly-anticipated album “The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2” will finally be released on May 3 after years of uncertainty and setbacks.
The album was recorded in 2008 and 2009, with a release date set for September of 2009. Group member Adam Yauch’s sudden diagnosis of cancer in his salivary glands, however, postponed the release date for almost two years.
Through all of the group’s trials and tribulations, The Beastie Boys’ trademark blend of New York hip-hop mixed with old school punk rock makes this album a success.
The group’s experience in the music industry started with their successful entrance into the hip hop industry in 1984 by releasing 12 singles. In 1986, they released their debut album “License to Ill”, a mix of hip hop and rock that gave the group international attention.
The Beastie Boys’ original sound proved to be a success for the trio. “Licensed to Ill” became the best selling rap album of the 1980s and the first rap album to go #1 on the Billboard album chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It also reached #2 on the Urban album charts.
Even though “License to Ill” was a commercial success, the Beasties did not earn the respect of critics and hip-hop musicians at first.
“As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, who accused them of cultural pirating…but the Beasties weren’t pirating — they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the do-it-yourself aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren’t that far apart,” according to MTV.
The group did not let the critics get the last word. The Beastie Boys kept making albums and selling records. According to New York Entertainment, the group has sold a total of more than 42 million copies worldwide and setting trends in video, fashion, and pop culture.
The new album “The Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” will prove The Beastie Boys still have a spot in the hip hop industry.
The sound that created the successful group still rings in their music today. If you are a fan of The Beastie Boys and if you’ve ever rocked or jammed out to their music then this album is for you.
The band recently released a re-make of their hit song, “You gotta fight for your right to party”. The group released a new video to go along with the song and in the video it featured star-studded cameos from Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Susan Sarandon.
This album has room to create a new fan base. Even though many of the Beastie Boys fans are 30 years and older, they still have the power to reach the young generation of today.
The Beastie Boys’ music reaches not only the hip hop industry but also the rock industry, so the possibility for a new or larger fan base for the Beastie Boys is endless and attainable.
The groups rap style and lyrics is what keeps generations of fans wanting more. The album can be streamed and purchased on their website, Beastieboys.com