Beastie Boys – Ill Communication


Beastie Boys were an American rap rock group from New York City, formed in 1978. The group was composed of Michael “Mike D” Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam “MCA” Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (vocals, guitar, programming). Originally a hardcore punk band, Beastie Boys had largely abandoned the genre in favor of hip hop and rap rock by the time work began on their debut studio album Licensed to Ill. The group mixes elements of punk, funk, rap, rock, Latin music and jazz into their music. They have also been described as alternative hip hop and alternative rock. Beastie Boys have sold 20 million records in the United States, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991. Beastie Boys were one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide before they disbanded in 2012 following Yauch’s death from cancer. Ill Communication is their fourth album, released on May 31, 1994. It is among the band’s most varied releases, drawing from hip hop, punk rock, jazz and funk and continuing the band’s trend away from sampling and towards live instruments. It features musical contributions from Money Mark, Eric Bobo and Amery “AWOL” Smith and vocal contributions from Q-Tip and Biz Markie. Beastie Boys were influenced by Miles Davis’ jazz rock albums Agharta and On the Corner while recording Ill Communication. The album features the massive hit “Sabotage”.

2 x LP, Gatefold
Label: Capitol Records

Cat. # 509996 94232 15

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