For The Free: Beastie Boys Ill Communication Reissue

Managing Hip-Hop Editor
08.07.09 117 Comments

When MJ died, I started thinking that I wanted to make sure that we did a better job @ highlighting key figures from music and Hip-Hop while they’re still alive. A few weeks passed and along came the news of the Beastie Boys canceling a majority of their planned events with the news that MCA had been diagnosed with cancer (he’s reportedly well and on the mend). It seemed to be an omen that my idea was right, but something we needed to move forward with.

With that in mind, we managed to get our hands on some goods for you. We’ll be giving away THREE copies of the Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication reissue. ONE lucky individual will receive a standard double vinyl version pressed on 80 gram vinyl & featuring the deluxe remastered album (20 tracks total) along with a Ecopack two-disc CD set, with the complete remastered album and twelve bonus tracks and rarities (32 tracks total). TWO other good people will receive the CD version itself.

What do you have to do? Leave a comment using a working email address. It’s that simple.

Don’t forget that you could always buy a copy @ the Ill Communication site as well. But free is a good first option, so drop your name below & cross your fingers.

From the press release, all the cool, additional info you need to know on why this album deserved a reissue in the first place.

Debuting at #1 upon its May 1994 release, Beastie Boys’ fourth album would quickly become an unstoppable force of nature, pervading every aspect of pop culture and public consciousness. Its charge to the top of the charts was led by “Sabotage” and its legendary Spike Jonze/Nathanial Hornblower helmed tribute to ’70s TV police dramas, as ROLLING STONE dubbed Ill Communication 1994’s “soundtrack for summer.” Crowds and critics alike were equally and instantly floored by hip hop highlights like the opening “Sure Shot,” the classic Jimmy Smith homage “Root Down” and the Q-Tip collaboration “Get It Together,” as a VIBE (RIP) cover story–the magazine’s first on a white artist–hailed Beastie Boys as “perhaps the most consistently innovative musicians to emerge out of hip hop.” It was a claim that Ill Communication would justify for years to come, as everything from the household name hits to instrumental favorites “Sabrosa” and “Ricky’s Theme” to hardcore punk workouts “Tough Guy” and “Heart Attack Man” remain B Boys staples to this day. And back then as now, Ill Communication’s impact and momentum showed no signs of abating.1995 saw Beastie Boys instantly sell out the Quadrophonic Joystick Tour, marking the band’s return to arena-headlining status. They continued to circle the globe as the record went multi-platinum, finally taking a break after the historic first Tibetan Freedom Concert drew 100,000 attendees over two days at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in June 1996.

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