Best of ’11: Beastie Boys

Beastie BoysThe Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2011
Track 4: Beastie Boys, “Ok”

A little thing like cancer can’t stop Brooklyn’s finest. Though its release was delayed by a number of months while MCA battled salivary gland cancer, the Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two proved that they’re still a force to be reckoned with. After the minimalist hip-hop of To The 5 Boroughs and the instrumental detour The Mix-Up, Committee feels like a homecoming: the sound of the record is full and playful, equal parts Check Your Head and Hello Nasty, and the 3 MCs are still cheeky masters of their craft (“I thought I’d be smooth like a nice Nutter Butter”). There’s lots to love on Committee, but “Ok”‘s poppy electro-funk made it my instant favorite: