After several delays caused by member Adam Yauch's cancer battle, the Beastie Boys are ready to unleash their long-awaited Hot Sauce Committee Part Two album. Yauch made the announcement Sunday on the band's official website, writing, "Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission. They held their secret tightly. On May 3rd the Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens."
Mike D followed up on Monday with a post that revealed the album's cover art, a series of colorful geometric shapes that looks like a pixilated collage. As previously reported, the track listing for the group's seventh studio album is: "Tadlock's Glasses," "B-Boys In The Cut," "Make Some Noise," "Nonstop Disco Powerpack," "OK," "Too Many Rappers (feat. Nas)," "Say It," "The Bill Harper Collection," "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold)," "Long Burn The Fire," "Funky Donkey," "Lee Majors Come Again," "Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament," "Pop Your Balloon," "Crazy Ass S---" and "Here's a Little Something For Ya." The trio recently made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, where a short directed by Yauch called "Fight for Your Right Revisited" debuted. The remake of the iconic 1987 video stars Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen, and features exact replicas of the Boys' outfits from the original house partying clip. After being diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in the summer of 2009, Yauch underwent surgery and treatment and said last spring that he was ready to get back to work.
"I feel better," Yauch said last March. "It was touch and go there for a while, but I am finally getting my energy back."
Yauch announced on July 20, 2009 that the discovery of the cancer would necessitate the canceling of all of the Beasties' planned summer-festival appearances and push back their new album, then called Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, while he underwent treatment. According to a band spokesperson, because the cancer was discovered early and localized in an area that does not affect Yauch's vocal cords, it was believed the surgery was successful.