WATCH: Beastie Boys Remember LA and “Ill Communication” in New Doc Short
Mike D and Ad-Rock reminisce about their youthful days in Hollywood and making “Sabotage.”
It was May 31, 1994, when the Beastie Boys dropped Ill Communication. Fans and the music world at large were still reeling from the band’s radical reinvention with 1992’s Check Your Head when those three bad brothers we know so well doubled-down on the follow-up.
Led by the instantly classic single “Sabotage,” Ill Communication is the sometimes overlooked gem in the Beasties’ catalog. With features from Biz Markie and Q-Tip, alongside fan favorites like “Heart Attack Man,” the album found the guys further stretching the boundaries that had been smashed on Check Your Head.
In honor of the album’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the Beastie Boys have shared a documentary short on the making of Ill Communication, with Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz remembering their time living in the Los Angeles enclave Atwater Village.
It’s a touching look back at those salad days, with both surviving members remembering the era and their fallen comrade, Adam Yauch. Watch it below.