Beastie Boys, are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their fourth studio album Ill Communication, have released a short documentary.
Sitting down in collaboration with Amazon Music, the surviving members of the band Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock) are interviewed in Austin, Texas. The film also includes mountains of archive footage as well as interviews with keyboardist Mark “Money Mark” Nishita and producer Mario Caldato.
“Still Ill focuses heavily on late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch and his contributions to Ill Communication,” a statement explains. “Through footage and the words of his friends, the documentary captures Yauch’s journey into activism, which would blossom with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts later in the decade, as well as his famous denunciation of misogyny in hip-hop on the single ‘Sure Shot’: “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through / To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect to the end.”
The film, which is available as a longform audio documentary of the same name on the streaming service, is a 40+ minute deep dive featuring longer interviews with Horovitz and Diamond as well as six full songs from Ill Communication.
For now though, here’s a taster: