DESCRIPTION By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalog of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage," and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favorite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow," a salute to Buddhist spirituality.
TRACKLIST Sure Shot Tough Guy B - Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak Bobo On The Corner Root Down Sabotage Get It Together Sabrosa The Update Futterman's Rule Alright Hear This Eugene's Lament Flute Loop Do It Ricky's Theme Heart Attack Man The Scoop Shambala Bodhisattva Vow Transitions