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Ill Communication

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Recorded  1993–1994
Ill Communication (1994)  Hello Nasty (1998)
Release date  31 May 1994
Length  59:37
Artist  Beastie Boys
Label  Capitol Records
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Released  May 31, 1994 (1994-05-31)
Studio  G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, California
Producer  Beastie Boys Mario Caldato, Jr.
Genres  Hip hop music, Rock music, Punk rock, Funk, Hardcore punk, Jazz, Alternative rock, Alternative hip hop, Jazz-funk
Similar  Beastie Boys albums, Hip hop music albums

Ill Communication is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys. It was released on May 31, 1994 by Grand Royal Records. Co-produced by Beastie Boys and Mario C., the album is among the band's most varied releases, drawing from hip hop, punk rock, jazz and funk. Ill Communication features musical contributions from Money Mark, Eric Bobo and Amery "AWOL" Smith and vocal contributions from Q-Tip and Biz Markie. The Beastie Boys were influenced by Miles Davis' jazz rock albums Agharta and On the Corner while recording Ill Communication.


Mike D and Adam Yauch collaborated with Gibran Evans of T.A.Z. to create the album packaging, and to choose the unique cover photo taken by Bruce Davidson. The hand-drawn typeface was created by designer Jim Evans specifically for Ill Communication, and was used throughout the promotion of the album. The album booklet also features the artwork "Gaia" by Alex Grey.

Ill Communication became the band's second number-one album on the US Billboard 200 albums chart and their second triple platinum album. The album was supported by the single "Sabotage", which was accompanied by a music video directed by Spike Jonze that parodied 1970s cop shows.

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The album's first single "Sabotage" was released on January 28, 1994. The album's second single "Get It Together" was released on March 17, 1994. The album's third single "Sure Shot" was released on May 31, 1994 and features a sample from jazz flautist Jeremy Steig's "Howlin' For Judy", thereby providing the main instrumental part of the song. The album's fourth single "Root Down" was released in 1995. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Critical reception

Rolling Stone included Ill Communication in their "Essential Recordings of the 90's". Spin ranked it number 19 in Spin's list of the "20 Best Albums Of '94". Q included it in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s". The Village Voice ranked it number 15 in the Village Voice's 1994 Jazz & Pop Critics Poll. Mojo ranked it number 54 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics". NME ranked it number three in NME's list of the "Top 50 Albums Of 1994". Guitar World included Ill Communication in the "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.

Track listing

All tracks written by Beastie Boys except where indicated..


  • Beastie Boys - producers
  • Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz - vocals, guitar
  • Michael "Mike D" Diamond - vocals, drums
  • Adam "MCA" Yauch - vocals, electric bass, string bass
  • John Klemmer - sample surce
  • Eugene Gore - violin on "Eugene's Lament"
  • Eric Bobo - percussion, drums on "Ricky's Theme"
  • Amery Smith - drums
  • "Keyboard Money Mark" Nishita - keyboards, organ
  • Q-Tip - vocals on "Get It Together"
  • Biz Markie - vocals on "Do It"
  • Mario Caldato, Jr. - producer
  • Songs

    1Sure Shot3:20
    2Tough Guy0:58
    3B-Boys Makin' With the Freak Freak3:53


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