Boys say "Hello World" with Hello Nasty
July 14, 1998, the Beastie Boys released their fifth major studio album.
Named after their publicist (Nasty Little Man), Hello Nasty is 22 tracks
of hip-hop genius. This B-Boy endeavor features tracks by Lee "Scratch"
Perry (father of dub reggae) and a mellow serenade my MCA entitled "I Don't
Hello Nasty shows
the Beastie Boys punk roots through tracks such as "Remote Control" and
"Shame in Your Game". You can also depict their defining hip-hop
sound in their first single off the album "Intergalactic". Following the
release of Ill Communication 4 years ago, Hello Nasty definitely shows
signs of old-school hip-hop funkadelia.
There are some shockers
on the album as well. Songs like "Song For the Man", "I Don't Know"
and "Instant Death" show the maturity of these hip-hop pioneers.
You must remember, it has been 12 years since the release of such party
themes as "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn".
Two of the Beastie's are now married and MCA has a child. They are
no longer the snot-nosed, prank-pulling adolescents of the License to Ill
era. And this album shows just how cool they are now?possibly their
best album to date.
AdRock has been credited
with most of the sounds on the album and he lets you know this in "Shame
in Your Game" with the lyric: "I'm the Benihana chef on the SP-12,
chop the f*ck out the beats left on the shelf. You be like 'Hello
Nasty, where you been? Its time you brought the grimy beats out the
dungeon.'" As usual, the Beastie Boys lyrics are fresh, funny and make
The Beastie Boys
also had a new turntablist on this album. Mix Master Mike, of the
Invisible Scratch Pickles, spins the wax on this album, and he does not
disappoint. He is renowned for his work in the DJ field. He
has won numerous World Championships and his peers consider him "one of
the best." His style works well with the Beastie's and he even has
a track in his honor titled "Three MC's and One DJ."
This album is a must
buy for hardcore Beastie Boy fans and for those who have only loved them
since "Sabotage." It is 22 tracks, it is fresh, it never bores and
it gets you hip-hopped up. Hello Nasty? Hello indeed.
Review by Ben Hollaway