You know that perpetually over-served group of dudes with the room at the end of your floor in college? The ones you watched transition from suburban preppies to Frisbee-playing hippies to eager hip-hop heads in the space of one fall semester? Well, Tribute to the Beastie Boys is the album they made in their spare time. The stand-ins for King Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D. overcompensate wildly as the music earnestly, if misguidedly, interprets material spanning the trio's entire career. While it's as much a cash-in as any of these quickie tribute albums, Beastie fans might get a kick out of these guys' attempts. From "Shake You Rump" and "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," through "Tough Guy" and "Intergalactic," the experience will be very similar to that night you watched those guys from the dorm rap drunkenly, and entirely too faithfully, along to a Beastie Boys' mix tape.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus