Beastie Boys' Early career brought many highs and lows, as the band transformed itself from a bruising hardcore up to a party-hearty rap-rock sensation before flaming out (with 1989's then-disastrous, now-classic Paul's Boutique ), resurrecting itself (with 1992's hit Check Your Head ) and becoming one of the biggest bands in the world (with 1
Now, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Ill Communication – and, of course, its classic single "Sabotage" – Diamond and Horovitz appear in a documentary short called Still Ill: 25 Years of Ill Communication . The film weaves together several of their interviews, as well as commentary from Mark "Money Mark" Nishita and producer Mario Caldato, to paint a picture of the circuitous path that led to that classic album.
Along the way, they discuss not only the genesis of "Sabotage" – which started with a single riff – but the political and spiritual awakening of Yauch, whose absence naturally hangs over Still Ill. The survival Beastie Boys speak of him with warmth and reverence, as you can imagine, both in and along with 38-minute audio documentary, available through Amazon Music.