Beastie Boys are celebrating another amazing milestone as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their fourth studio album, 1994’s Ill Communication. Debuting at #1 upon its May 1994 release, the album was truly an unstoppable force, pervading every aspect of pop culture. Its charge to the top of the charts was led by “Sabotage” and its legendary Spike Jonze/Nathanial Hornblower ’70s TV police drama tribute, as ROLLING STONE dubbed Ill Communication 1994’s “soundtrack for summer.” Crowds and critics alike were floored by highlights “Sure Shot,” “Root Down” and “Get It Together,” as a VIBE (RIP)—in the magazine’s first cover story on a white artist–hailed Beastie Boys as “perhaps the most consistently innovative musicians to emerge out of hip hop.” It was a claim that Ill Communication has justified for years to come. 25 years later, the impact of the album continues to reverberate from generation to generation.
To commemorate the anniversary, Amazon Music has released a new mini-documentary — STILL ILL: 25 Years of ‘Ill Communication. The doc features interviews with surviving Beasties Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock), as well as archival footage spanning the creation of 1989’s Paul’s Boutique, 1992’s Check Your Head, and Ill Communication, along with interviews with Beastie Boys collaborators Mario Caldato Jr. and “Money” Mark Nishita.
For more on the anniversary visit Amazon Music’s dedicated Beastie Boys Page: https://www.amazon.com/beastieboys
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