Now comes a ludicrously fabulous, oftmanic, sometimes mellow twenty-two-song long player of such astounding variety that it seems a lot longer than sixty-seven minutes: Hello Nasty. Mike D, Ad-Rock and MCA opened their career with a pair of hip-hop albums, then shifted gears for a pair of records that were more punk influenced. With their fifth proper album, a playfully mature Beastie record (if that’s possible), they turn the focus back toward hip-hop — there’s not one hardcore punk song here — but with an understanding of how to conflate their two largest influences into one smooth-flowing package.
Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty was released 15 years ago today. Read our full 4 Star review of the LP.