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To the 5 Boroughs
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Audio CD, Import, Limited Edition, November 27, 2015
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Limited edition, 2 LP set. The Beastie Boys: Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike D. Additional personnel: Mixmaster Mike (turntables). Recording information: Oscilloscope Laboratories, New York, New York. In the six years following 1998's HELLO NASTY, the Beastie Boys watched their hometown of New York City endure dramatic changes, most of them direct repercussions of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The trio's response is TO THE 5 BOROUGHS, an album that prominently features the WTC on its cover illustration of the Manhattan skyline (circa 2000), and lovingly looks at the past, present, and future of both NYC and the Beastie Boys themselves. "Ch-check It Out" opens the album in classic Beasties style, with Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D trading rhymes over a deft old-school hip-hop beat. However, things quickly get topical on "Right Right Now Now" with MCA declaring, "I'm getting kind of tired of the situation/The US attacking other nations..." over a slightly ominous backing track. The funky "Time to Build" furthers these sentiments, addressing political, economic, and ecological issues, while wisely noting "It takes a second to wreck it/It takes time to build." Those fearing that the Beasties have lost their party vibe need not worry, though; even the lyrically heavy songs feature tight rhythms and booty-shaking bass. Nowhere is this better exemplified than on "An Open Letter to NYC," a loving celebration of the dynamic city that shaped the Beastie Boys and their eclectic hip-hop sound.
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This is a classic-sounding album from the maturing Beastie Boys. It is a relatively straightforward hip-hop album, but it is fun and occasionally even thought-provoking.
Regardless. The thing about this CD is, it isn't all like Ch-Check it out. It has some very different beats that mixed up in my head decently after one sitting. (Usually I have to let the entire CD play about ten times before I catch the groove the B-Boys are throwing down).
This CD is sort of a mix of Hello Nasty, Paul's Boutique, and Root Down. Most of the songs are laid back, most are NOT in your face hard core stuff Like Check Your Head.
If you like the BBoys, you will like the CD, how can you not?
If you think the entire CD is like Ch-Check it out, you don't need to be listening to the Beasties anyway...they've got soooOOooo much more than just that.
I don't think too many of the other songs will get very much radio play...they are just too "dirty"...and I don't mean the lyrics. If you know the BBoys, you will know what I mean. The songs are full of front side talking and back end stuff that makes the BBoys the BBoys.
For everyone that doesn't like the fact that they mention politics...get over it. Music has always been a venue for freedom of speech and God willing it always will be. It's one of the things that makes our country great and the Beastie Boys know that. If you were somehow unaware they were political then you've had your head in the sand (or somewhere else) for quite a while now. If I have to start seeing "Caution, political ideas expressed that may not agree with yours" warning stickers I'm going to be really upset...