Hello Nasty

Capitol Records (New Release)
Release date
27 Apr 2004
Running length
22 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Super Disco Breakin' 2:06 132,438
2 The Move 3:35 114,677
3 Remote Control 2:58 148,173
4 Song For The Man 3:12 118,618
5 Just A Test 2:12 112,696
6 Body Movin' 5:31 186,273
7 Intergalactic (Edited) 3:50 880
8 Sneakin' Out The Hospital 2:44 113,766
9 Putting Shame In Your Game 3:36 101,564
10 Flowin' Prose 2:39 97,338
11 And Me 2:51 91,414
12 Three MC's and One DJ 2:20 96,417
13 The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin') 3:00 71,741
14 Song For Junior 3:48 109,428
15 I Don't Know 2:59 95,663
16 The Negotiation Limerick File 2:45 123,435
17 Electrify 2:22 89,240
18 Picture This 2:24 88,521
19 Unite 3:30 88,472
20 Dedication 2:32 81,170
21 Dr. Lee, PhD 4:49 57,866
22 Instant Death 3:21 76,936

About this album

Hello Nasty is the fifth studio album by the Beastie Boys. It was released on July 14, 1998 via Capitol Records and sold 681,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. The album took home two awards at the 1999 Grammys, in the categories of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Intergalactic”.


Hello Nasty was released in 1998—four years after the band’s previous album, Ill Communication—and marked the addition of DMC champion Mix Master Mike to the group’s line-up.[1] “Song for Junior” features Miho Hatori on vocals, and “Dr. Lee, PhD” guest stars dub musician Lee Scratch Perry on both vocals and percussion. Hello Nasty also marked Eric Bobo’s last appearance as percussionist in the band, as well as the last time the Beastie Boys worked with a co-producer.

The title for the album was allegedly inspired by the receptionist of their NY based publicity firm Nasty Little Man who would answer the phone with the greeting “Hello Nasty”.

Critical reception:

Hello Nasty received mostly positive reviews upon release. Caroline Sullivan writing for The Guardian Review awarded the album “Pop CD Of The Week” claiming that it “fills a gap created by the current profusion of serious rock bands like Radiohead; elbowing its way up front, rip with adolescent vigour.” She went on to summarize the record as “the perfect party soundtrack by the perfect party band.

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  • Rezzo64

    I Don't Know is fantastic though!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kenikki

    Well, mostly... the slow tracks kind of blow.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kenikki

    My first try of Beastie Boys. Well, color me impressed :)

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • atticus_B

    Side D is horrible to be honest. The rest is delicious. Especially the first few songs.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Conidering this album doesn't use anywhere near as much sampling as the albums before it, I think it's absolutely fantastic. I wish towards the end of the album there wasn't a bunch of slow tracks just slapped on the end however.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Spoike

    Not entirely sure why this doesn't get the same sort of acclaim as Paul's Boutique? It's not a landmark album in the same respect, but I think they're the most similar in style and... audacity? I think this is the Beasties' Sandinista. A LOT of songs, a couple of which are instant classics / hits, and a lot of hidden gems and songs which grow on you over time. Love it.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    This album is mindblowingly good. It's impossible to stay in a bad mood after putting it on. They sorta fell off after this one, but every record they put out was still good. Everyone gets into an artistic slump eventually for one reason or another. For a band that was together as long as they were, their last couple albums were great.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    The perfect album to strut to.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Definitely the last great Beasties album.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • musicgodlything

    A lot more.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • musicgodlything

    Monumental album. As much as I hate to say it, it's even better than Paul's Boutique. It has a bit more punch , while Paul's has more groove.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • glassjimmy

    Let's call it a better London Calling, there are just so many awesome elements on this album. The instrumentals keep me coming back.

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    Best Beastie Boys album? C'mon guys, it's underappreciated (critics shitted on it upon its release) but it's not their best. Great instrumental and non-rap tracks though. That's where they really shined IMO.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Foggster

    the masters of whacky beats @ work

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • OrkoOnDoomsday

    So good.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Dragonrus

    As everybody said before: For now it's the best BB album. "The Negotiation Limerick File" is a masterpiece, reminds me of Pharcyde "Drop".

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MrCheM

    Yeahhh the best album :D

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • R2D2undC3PO

    "Hello Nasty" is the best Beastie Boys album!!!

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • agathax1

    I bought this cd for about $1 in a second hand shop a few days ago... damn, well spent money.

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • RickStroke

    Beastie Boys is AWEASOME !

    23 May 2011 Reply
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