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9. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication

Riding off the success of Check Your Head, which revitalized and reestablished them as one of hip-hop’s biggest acts, the Beastie Boys quickly pumped out Ill Communication. Rather than fire off on a new musical tangent, the Beasties stuck with their instruments, releasing another mix of punk, funk and psychedelic rap rooted in the old school. The album spawned a hit single and video directed by Spike Jonze with “Sabotage” along with a deep track listing, propelling the record to triple platinum in the U.S.

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