- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 21, 2009
- Label: Capitol
Rolling Stone - p.864 stars out of 5
-- "The Beasties stir-fry all kinds of beats in their wok, from old-school hip-hop and head-checking punk to bossa nova and reggae..."
Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.66
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 8/6/984 Stars (out of 5)
- "...the collaboration that Black Flag and De La Soul might have made, mixing jaunty samples and esoteric beats with punk-guitar crunch....Hip-hop hasn't unleashed anything this fantastically dense since the heyday of De La and Public Enemy..."
Spin - 1/99, p.91Ranked #10
on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98."
Spin - 8/98, pp.135-1367 (out of 10)
- "...HELLO NASTY...is filled with so much money-makin' and disco-breakin' on and on till the breakadawn, you'd think we'd taken the way-back machine into the early Kangol era. Yet such recapping doesn't sound even faintly kitschy. More like a labor of love by three premillennial mensches laying their roots down: a B-boy Anthology of New York Folk Music..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/17/98, pp.81-82
"...a sonic smorgasbord in which the Beasties gorge themselves with reckless abandon...The melange makes for a looser, more free-spirited record than their earlier albums; the music invites you in, rather than threatening to shut you out..." - Rating: B+
Mixmag - 1/99, p.49
Included in Mixmag's "Ten Best Albums of 98" - "...electro-tinged beats and whiney rapping..."
CMJ - 1/6/03, p.18
Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"
CMJ - 1/11/99, p.5
"...The chart-topping album finds the Beasties re-enhancing the three-way rhyme antics of their LICENSED TO ILL days using soulsonic electro-funk, cheeky bossa nova, Rachmaninoff loops and some death defying turntable moves..."
The Source - 9/98, p.256
"...What underlies the Beastie sound, and ultimately their widespread appeal, is their obvious appreciation of other music....Mike's scratches add another layer to the album's mighty production..."
Rap Pages - 11/98, p.1304 (out of 5)
- "...HELLO NASTY continues their musical reign...Lyrically, they deliver their made-for-concert verses in perfect unison..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1344 stars out of 5
-- "Recorded back in New York and acknowledging that the most powerful tracks on ILL COMMUNICATION were the ones where they stepped up to the mic, it marked a partial return to basics..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Super Disco Breakin'
- 2.The Move
- 3.Remote Control - (featuring Eric Bobo)
- 4.Song For the Man - (featuring Paul Vercesi / Mark Nishita)
- 5.Just a Test
- 6.Body Movin'
- 8.Sneakin' Out the Hospital
- 9.Putting Shame in Your Game
- 10.Flowin' Prose
- 11.And Me
- 12.Three MC's and One DJ
- 13.Grasshopper Unit, The (Keep Movin') - (featuring Biz Markie)
- 14.Song for Junior - (featuring Jill Cunniff / Joe Locke / Mark Nishita / Steve Slagle)
- 15.I Don't Know - (featuring Jane Scarpantoni / Miho Hatori)
- 16.The Negotiation Limerick File
- 18.Picture This
- 21.Dr. Lee, PhD - (featuring Eric Bobo / Lee "Scratch" Perry / Mark Nishita / Mix Master Mike)
- 22.Instant Death
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Description of a Strange Man
- 2.Dirt Dog
- 3.Intergalactic [Calleone & Webb Remix] - (remix)
- 4.Dr. Lee PhD [Dub Mix] - (Dub Mix, featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
- 5.Switched On
- 6.Body Movin' [Fatboy Slim Remix] - (Fatboy Slim Remix, remix)
- 7.Auntie Jackie Poom Poom Delicious
- 8.Putting Shame in Your Game [Prunes Remix] - (Prunes Remix, remix)
- 9.Stink Bug
- 10.Peanut Butter & Jelly - (featuring Mark Nishita)
- 11.Piano Jam
- 12.Happy to Be in That Perfect Headspace
- 13.Negotiation Limerick File [41 Small Stars Remix], The - (41 Small Stars Remix, remix)
- 14.The Drone
- 15.20 Questions Version
- 16.The Biz Grasshopper Experiment
- 17.Hail Sagan (Special K)
- 18.Body Movin' [Kut Masta Kurt Remix] - (Kut Masta Kurt Remix, remix)
- 20.Learning Remote Control
- 21.Oh My Goodness This Record's Incredible
The Beastie Boys: MCA, Mike D, Adrock.
Additional personnel includes: Miho Hatori, Brooke Williams, Biz Markie, Jill Cunniff, Lee "Scratch" Perry (vocals); Brian Wright (violin, viola); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Steve Slagle (flute); Paul Vercesi (alto saxophone); Nelson Keane Carse (trombone); Mark Nishita (keyboards); Joe Locke (vibraphone); Eric Bobo, Richard "Sammy's Dad" Siegler, Duduka (percussion); Robert Perlman (drum programming); Mix Master Mike (DJ).
HELLO NASTY won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. "Intergalactic" won the 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Lucy Wagner, Brooke Williams, Jill Cunniff, Miho Hatori (vocals); Brian G. Wright (violin, viola); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Steve Slagle (flute); Paul Vercesi (alto saxophone); Nelson Keane Carse (trombone); Money Mark (keyboards); Joe Locke (vibraphone); Eric Bobo (percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Beastie Boys; Chris Athens.
Audio Remixers: Fatboy Slim; KutMasta Kurt.
Recording information: Dessau Studios, New York, NY (1995-1998); G-San Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1995-1998); G-Son (1995-1998); Mikes Brothers Apartment (1995-1998); RPM Studios, New York, NY (1995-1998); Sean's House (1995-1998); Seans Practice Space (1995-1998); Sean's Practice Space (1995-1998); Soho Music Studios, New York City, NY (1995-1998); Ted Diamonds House of Hits, New York City, NY (1995-1998); The Dungeon Dessau, New York City, NY (1995-1998); The Dungeon, New York City, NY (1995-1998); The Tree House, New York City, NY (1995-1998).
On their fifth album and first proclamation in four years, the Beasties pledge allegiance to the next millennium while rocking out old-school stylee. Instead of pretentiously haphazard schizophrenia, Adrock, Mike D and MCA mold Run DMC boasts, Lee Perry dub freestyles, and introspective acoustic strumming into the best album-cum-mix-tape of the first half of '98. NASTY is the true successor to their sampledelic fantasia PAUL'S BOUTIQUE, as realized by craftsmen looking to do more than just get crazy with the sonic cheese whiz.
"Super Disco Breakin'," "Body Movin'," etc. are all first-rate party jams that the trio can probably come up with in their sleep. It's when the Beasties look towards the new school that the artistic flipping of the script begins. Not just in the lyrics, which are expansively conscious in nature and politically literate in content, but sonically as well. The jr. drum-and-bass of "Flowin' Prose" and MCA's acoustic singer/songwriter turn on "I Don't Know" point in directions at once completely incompatible and positively natural. Just like their mate Beck, it is the diversity of styles that the Beasties are prophesizing as the key to the future--so long as that diversity's in the shadow of the old school.