By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 01, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Ricky Powell

Fresh off the commercial failure of Paul’s Boutique, the Beasties had nothing to lose on this 1992 CD. It shows. The trio pushed their rhymes to byzantine new heights and stretched out with Hammond-and-bongos funk jams on Check Your Head. The bonus tracks on disc 2 make what’s arguably their best album even more like Jimmie Walker : Dy-no-mite! A

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