22 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hello Nasty was The Beastie Boys' fifth album, released a dozen years after their classic debut. It was their last that featured a huge hit single: the wildly funky "Intergalactic." It debuted at the top of the charts in seven countries, earned them two GRAMMY® Awards, and was their first project with new DJ extraordinaire Mix Master Mike. Sonically, it's among their most experimental and wide-ranging works, with something for everybody: see the Latin funk instrumental "Song for Junior," the throwback old-school dedication "Three MCs and One DJ," the dub reggae jam "Dr. Lee PhD," and the wistful bossa-jazz ballad "I Don't Know." Of course there's also plenty of the goofy pop culture references and high-octane tag-team rhymes that we all know and love, plus a dizzying array of obscure samples blended with the live instrumentation. While it's not the Beasties' greatest album ever, it's arguably their most unique, and an essential piece in their lengthy discography.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hello Nasty was The Beastie Boys' fifth album, released a dozen years after their classic debut. It was their last that featured a huge hit single: the wildly funky "Intergalactic." It debuted at the top of the charts in seven countries, earned them two GRAMMY® Awards, and was their first project with new DJ extraordinaire Mix Master Mike. Sonically, it's among their most experimental and wide-ranging works, with something for everybody: see the Latin funk instrumental "Song for Junior," the throwback old-school dedication "Three MCs and One DJ," the dub reggae jam "Dr. Lee PhD," and the wistful bossa-jazz ballad "I Don't Know." Of course there's also plenty of the goofy pop culture references and high-octane tag-team rhymes that we all know and love, plus a dizzying array of obscure samples blended with the live instrumentation. While it's not the Beasties' greatest album ever, it's arguably their most unique, and an essential piece in their lengthy discography.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

JCarter36 ,

Favorite album ever

Had this on tape and cd in fourth grade, thought I was bada$$. Now I have it digital and I think I'm bada$$ again.

thebigbeatdown ,

Must Own

If you don’t own this album, you’re not doing right.

The Truth Told ,

Solid Beastie

Overall, this album has some bangers in the vain of hip-hop. It’s when the fellas take a few missteps into their “band mode” is where things go a little boring here, unlike Check Your Head and Ill Communication where they knocked that sound out of the park. At 22 tracks deep, it’s a little too long. Ditch the slow mess of tracks (about six total), and you could have a classic album here. It should have been edited better when released. Still, Beasties bring the heat this go round. Worth a grab if you are a fan.

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