Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two LP
The Beastie Boys were once upon a time the court jesters of rap. Wearing the label loud and proud, the New York trio lived by their own set of rules and ignited controversy wherever they set foot. Besides their daring-to-be-different and non-conforming attitudes, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "MCA" Yauch were considered pretty influential musicians too - the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The cheekily titled Hot Sauce Committee: Part Two (2011) is the group's eighth and final studio effort, originally intended as a two-part set and released a year before MCA's death from cancer. Home to the swansong singles - "Lee Majors Come Again," "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas, "Make Some Noise" and "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" featuring Santigold - it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and finds the Beasties reveling in their elder statesman status and offering up entertaining and engaging hip-hop beholden to know trends or styles but their own.