On March 14, hip hop legends Beastie Boys confirmed suspicions that their seriously delayed eighth studio album would see the light of day on May 3 in the US, May 2 in the UK. The group also posted its album artwork on their website.
Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be their first non-instrumental full-length in seven years.
"Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission," a message on the website states. "They held their secret tightly. On May 3rd the HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART TWO will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens."
Last year, the band members reported that they weren't quite ready to release the expected Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 LP, which was originally due out September 2009. The group's Adam "MCA" Yauch also revealed he had cancer, thus delaying the album's release even further.
But now they plan to drop Part 2 prior to Part 1, and they stated that Part 2 would comprise the same 16 tracks originally slated for inclusion on Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. That is, minus the song "Bundt Cake."
"I know it's weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end," stated Yauch late last year. No date is set for Hot Sauce Committe Part 1, and the band has yet to announce a 2011 tour.
The new album will include a collaboration with rapper Nas titled "Too Many Rappers," which released in July 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Other tracks include a collaboration with rapper Santigold ("Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win").
Formed in 1981, Beastie Boys were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Their 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill became the first hip hop record to reach number one on the US Billboard chart. The band has won three Grammy Awards and received critical acclaim for its albums such as Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty, the latter of which hit number one on charts in the US, the UK, and Australia.
For some vintage Beastie Boys, check out their video for "No Sleep Till Brooklyn": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Y0cy-nvAg&feature