"Make Some Noise" is a welcome return to the Beasties energetic, loud-mouthed hey-day of classic albums like Check Your Head, even though the dudes are now in their mid-40s. Over swaggering instrumentation (heavily wah-wah'd keyboards, booming drums, and cowbell), Mike D., Ad-Rock, and MCA spit rhymes about age-appropriate activities like sipping Prosecco and going into the restaurant business with Ted Danson.
But there's no denying that "Make Some Noise" is a bonafide party-starter, and when Mike D boasts about smoking the hip-hop competition with a flame thrower — "My rhymes, they age like wine as I get older / I'm getting bolder, competition is waning!" — it's hard to argue with him.
HEAR IT: Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise"