Today In Hip-Hop: Beastie Boys Releases ‘Ill Communication’

On this day, May 23rd, in hip-hop history... 1994: After the release of their third album Check Your Head--which found the trio embracing their punk rock roots and deemphasizing their lyrical ability with mood music that highlighted their neo-hippie political awareness--Ill Communication found the Beastie Boys pulling together all the different styles of their previous three albums into one masterpiece. The Beastie Boys found themselves back on top of the charts with Ill Communication.  Ill Communication was produced by The Beasties and Mario C. and featured musical contributions from Money Mark, Eric Bobo and Amery "AWOL" Smith plus vocal contributions from Q-Tip and Biz Markie. The album's signature ...

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