After teasing fans to expect something at 10:35 a.m. EST on Saturday morning, just hours after the New York Knicks' blowout loss to the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden, the Beastie Boys set up a massive boombox at center court in the empty arena and debuted their latest album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two in its entirety. Games Three and Four at MSG were the Knicks' first home playoff games in seven years, but we think even Carmelo fans would agree Hot Sauce was easily the Garden's highlight of the weekend (mainly because the Knicks were awful). Check out the rebroadcasting stream here.
Hot Sauce was delayed nearly 18 months as Adam "MCA" Yauch fought salivary-gland cancer, but despite the long period on the shelf, the album sounds fresh. Like, Hello Nasty Fresh. We usually don't like to throw out comparisons like "Best album since..." but the Beasties haven't sounded this good since that 1998 album. Songs bounce from old-school hip-hop "Make Some Noise," "Too Many Rappers") to dancehall ("Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" with Santigold) to hardcore punk, but the album never loses its identity. On "Too Many Rappers," Nas delivers a killer verse than makes us nostalgic for old Nas. If there's a criticism, it's that the vocals are always cloaked in reverb, but the Beasties had a guy in a giant gorilla suit dance center court of the Garden so it all balances out.
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is out on May 3rd. A clean version of the album leaked a few hours after the live stream, but hold out for the real thing. It's worth it.
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