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To the 5 Boroughs [Enhanced, Import, Explicit Lyrics]

Beastie Boys Audio CD
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1. Ch-Check It Out
2. Right Right Now Now
3. 3 The Hard Way
4. Time To Build
5. Rhyme The Rhyme Well
6. Triple Trouble
7. Hey F*?# You
8. Oh Word?
9. That's It That's All
10. All Lifestyles
11. Shazam!
12. An Open Letter To NYC
13. Crawlspace
14. The Brouhaha
15. We Got The

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The hiatus is back off, again, for the Beastie Boys, and music lovers will bob their heads with insuppressible glee. With its Nice & Smooth impersonations and shout outs to Brooklyn's Albee Square Mall, To the 5 Boroughs, their first album in six years, harkens the return of the trio to the city that made them who they are today. It's an up-tempo yet surprisingly homogenous assemblage of vintage electro-style party beats, and it's a strictly Beastie affair: the Boys co-wrote and produced each track themselves, which means that it sports none of the sonic fripperies and quirky collaborations that distinguished previous classics such as Paul's Boutique. Finally jelling after two years of on-again, off-again recording, To the 5 Boroughs will appeal to those fans old enough to remember the Licensed to Ill tour. Those old-schoolers are sure to appreciate the album's mostly off-the-cuff lyrics and minimal-to-the-extreme musical landscape--even if its stripped-down sound may leave others longing for the days when the Boys were California dreamin'. --Rebecca Levine

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beastie Boy Consistency July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like some other reviewers I will have to agree that this is not their best album. What I will say is that it is no less enjoyable than any if the others. When I first heard the single "Ch- Check it out ", I had mixed opinions on how this album would sound, but I knew that I would enjoy it simply because it is by the Boys. After I bought the album and read the lyrics, I immediately heard the difference in this album. Primarily, there is much more profanity than there was on hello nasty. (Which I must add was thier worst album). This album has amazing beats that are repetative, but very delightful even after the fourteeth time I listened to the album. As I ride in my car, I find myself laughing out loud to some of the lyrics as simple as they are. It is in my opinion that these guys are getting older, but unlike 13 years ago are not taking the "Hard" approach to hip-hop, simply having fun, and enjoying what they do while laughing at themselves. In one song MCA is rhyming about a sandwich,"I'd like a lettuce, tomato and muenster on rye. All this cheese is gonna make me cry. Gorgonzola, provolone, don't even get me started on this microphone." WTF? I listened carefully and just started laughing and imagined how funny it must have been to hear that while recording. There are some songs where they take the political approach, but at least they have opinions unlike so many other people in this country. And they have a right to state there views in any way they can. Think about it, hundreds of songs that they have rhymed over and sometimes there are other things to talk about, unless you would like to hear them rhyme about bling or bitches, wait... they did that 18 years ago and they have gotten past that... Right?. Here is a question for the pessimistic; What would you like to hear them rhyme about?....? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars And I don't even like rap July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I have to start by saying that I am pretty open to different musical flavors, but it's not like I'm going to by a Ludacris album or something. I'm a heavy metal guy that back when I was about 8 years old got Licensed to Ill on LP. Yes I had old fashioned records when I was a kid. Back then the Beasties seemed kind of rock & rap and it was cool. Around the same time Run DMC did their thing with Aerosmith. My friends and I loved Beasties and Run DMC and also listened to Metallica and Megadeth. Weird combination.
I started thinking about the Beasties again years back when I saw Intergalactic on MTV. I thought to myself "I'm not supposed to like this anymore, but I can't help it." They're just great musicians. They have a sense of humor that is great. I love the sounds that they create as well as the way their three very different vocals combine into a tight weave that is very cool to listen to.
So a couple years ago I picked up the Sounds of Science figuring it would probably be the last album I'd buy, but it had all the hits that I liked as a kid and Sabotage and Intergalactic. It ended up growing on me, especially all the ones I had never heard. Remember, I went from Licensed to Ill straight to Intergalactic on MTV. Now, I picked up this album, and yes, I,Metalhead, am hooked on it. It's been in my cd player for three days now. This goes to show that the Beastie Boys have an appeal beyond typical rap fans.
My favorite songs on the album are Check it Out and An Open Letter to NYC. So if you don't think rap is for you and you think you should only listen to what you usually listen to, just listen to some samples of this album. You'll like what you're missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beastie Boys are here to stay! July 17 2004
By Mr. J
Format:Audio CD
1.Check It Out- This is a fun song. Perfect for the first single 5/5
2.Right Right Now Now- Good song to nod your head to. To me they seem to be telling themselves and everyone to work together for the better of the world. 5/5
3.Three The Hard Way- Funky $h!t. 4/5
4.Time To Build- This is a good song. They get their message across clear. 4/5
5.Rhyme The Rhyme Well- Another really good song. They are great at rapping. 4/5
6.Triple Trouble- This is a cool upbeat song. I am really liking this album at this point. 5/5
7.Hey F*ck You- I wonder who they are talking about. 4/5
8.Oh Word?- They are proud New Yorkers, Another cool song 4/5
9.That's It Thats All- I like this one too."That's fressh for you for you" 4/5
10.All Lifestyles- It encourages everyone to be themselves and enjoy the party that is life. 5/5
11.Shazam!- This song is good. 4/5
12.Open Letter to NYC- Again they are proud to be from New York. I would like to go there someday. 4/5
13.Crawlspace- It's alright. 3/5
14.Brouhaha- 3/5
15.We Got The- A great way to end the album. 5/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting, but Overrated Return July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
I finally got to giving this a few listens. An Open Letter to NYC and Right Right Now Now are easily my favorite cuts, and We Got The is very strong as well. In general I like the politically driven songs (the one exception being Time to Build, which I really don't care for) much more that the non-political songs. The problem is there isn't really enough of them. To make it worse, its like the other 2/3 of the album is just there to fill up the space around the anti-Bush/anti-war thoughts the Beasties are expressing on the other 1/3 of the album. There's just doesn't seem to be that much effort/creativity behind most of the non-politically driven cuts, especially in comparison to the politically driven ones. Other than Triple Trouble, I'm just not feelin the other more traditional Beasties songs on the album. And with many more cuts falling into that category than out of it, its a real problem. An album with either a larger % of politically driven tracks and or some more non political songs that didn't feel so average (especially for the Beasties) was really needed.
For me, this is an ok/borderline-good album, but by no means a great one. How on Earth Rolling Stone felt it deserved 5 stars is beyond me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renewed B-Boy fan
This is classic hip hop from the Beastie's....definitely their best since Paul's Boutique. I never really followed them since PB, but heard Ch-Check It Out and decided to give the... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2004 by Didds
5.0 out of 5 stars Beastie Are Back
This is a classic Beastie Boys CD. The sound is a mix between their old stuff (like License to Ill) and then their newer stuff (Hello Nasty). Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by The Sizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars it takes time to build
My first few reactions after listening to the beasties cd was 'too old school- outdated;' and 'kinda boring beats' and 'too political'. But, I kept thinking this is the M.F. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This CD is not good for people who like George W. Bush. But, seeing as how I don't, I love it! Of course, besides the biting political remarks, every song makes you want to get up... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by "running_farmer"
3.0 out of 5 stars stop trying to change the world.
pick up the new afroman.. its a much better buy. join the streetteam on his website
Published on July 18 2004 by rc41
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I might even goes as far as to say that to the five boroughs tops off license to ill. sure the beasties got a little political here, but whats wrong with that? Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by chode
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beasties return to their old school ways...
I have been a longtime fan of the Beastie Boys. While TT5B is a decent album, it lacks the lyrical cleverness and sampling creativity of Paul's Boutique. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by H. Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year
"To The 5 Boroughs" proves once and for all that The Beastie Boys are the true kings of their genre. Flawless. Perfect. Dare I say it ... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Thomas Saaristo
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Word.
The Hiatus is back off, again. They Beastie Boys have released their sixth album and its still fresh as hell. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by d3m0npiggy
2.0 out of 5 stars I Don't like it so, Hey F@&$ ME!
I love the Beastie Boys but this CD is ruined due to the fact that they decided to get all political. Heep your politics out of the music. Do we want feel good music, YES. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by "bigb_3"
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