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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Must Own

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

Good from top to bottom

The songs on this album are arranged to maximize listening pleasure. They start off quickly with the hip-hop theme and mellow out as the album progresses. The lyrics and samples throughout the album are genius (example from puttin' shame in your game):
"Don't grease my palm with your filthy cash
Multinationals spreading like a rash
I might stick around or I might be a fad
But I won't sell my songs for no TV ad"
My personal favorites are:
" The Move", " Puttin' Shame in Your Game", "Flowin' Prose", "Three MCs and One DJ", "The Grasshopper Unit", and "Unite"
The crowd pleasers include "Body Movin" and "Intergalactic".
In a world of crappy, misogynistic, over-produced Pop "Hip-Hop/Rap" the Beastie Boys are one of few quality acts that keep the genre legitimate. They don't stoop to the level of Whip/ Ne-Ne.


Formed: 1979 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, both of whom accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren't pirating -- instead, they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the D.I.Y. aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart. Of course, the exaggerated b-boy and frat-boy parodies of their unexpected hit debut...
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