Ill Communication
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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. --Douglas Wolk

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tracklisting: Sure Shot
Tough Guy
B-Boys Makin` With The Freak Freak
Bobo On The Corner
Root Down
Get It Together
The Update
Futterman`s Rule
Alright Hear This
Eugenes`s Lament
Flute Loop
Do It
Ricki`s Theme
Heart Attack Man
The Scoop
Bodhisattva Vow
title: Ill Communication
rating: 4
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 31-05-1994
price: $11.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137388048
genre: East Coast
Old School
fullTitle: Ill Communication
currentValue: $1.50
created: 137388032
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Explicit Lyrics
asin: B000002TP7
artist: Beastie Boys