Anthology: The Sounds of Science Surveying the career of these archetypal funky white boys makes clear that while their music sometimes followed trends, more often it set them. Arena rap,… Anthology: The Sounds of Science Surveying the career of these archetypal funky white boys makes clear that while their music sometimes followed trends, more often it set them. Arena rap,… Beastie Boys Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Anthology: The Sounds of Science

EW's GRADE
A+

Details Lead Performance: Beastie Boys; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Surveying the career of these archetypal funky white boys makes clear that while their music sometimes followed trends, more often it set them. Arena rap, acid jazz, hardcore punk, funk-metal, and even country all get thrown into the Beasties' cultural Cuisinart. The result is startlingly consistent; despite gaps, the unreleased rarities actually sound as great as the hits. Strange yet wonderfully accessible, the Boys demonstrate their greatest, most infectious quality—that they have unbridled creativity down to a science. A+

Originally posted Dec 17, 1999 Published in issue #517 Dec 17, 1999 Order article reprints