Hot Sauce Committee Part II by Beastie Boys

Originally intended for release in 2009 but postponed and retitled Part II due to MCA’s successful battle with cancer, Hot Sauce represents in many ways a summation of everything the Beasties are about, and that ain’t a bad thing.

It’s a trip back to their distinctive early sound, the heavy low end, the combination of live instrumentation with liberal use of samples and of course, lyrics about macaroni and cheese! With guests such as Nas and Santigold along for the ride, Hot Sauce is not their most essential record but it’s certainly a lot of fun and, for a groundbreaking band that so brilliantly captured so many elements of popular culture and are now entering their middle age, it’s as fitting a statement as any.