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6/14/2004 3:50:03 PM

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They are the best known rappers in the world after a 20-year (plus) career marked by groundbreaking songs including Fight For Your Right To Party. But on their new album To The 5 Boroughs, which has been six years in the making, Beastie Boys make their purpose clear: "We're gonna party for the right to fight", they say on their song Right Right Now Now.

And when Beastie Boys are ready to fight, they don't muck around.

The New York-based trio - Adam Horovitz (Adrock), Adam Yauch (MCA) and Mike Diamond (Mike D) - has produced an album which rallies against the current political situation in the United States.

On their track It Takes Time To Build, they outline their stance: Is the US gonna keep breaking necks?/Maybe it's time that we impeach Tex and the military muscle he wants to flex./By the time Bush is done what will be left?/Selling votes like E-pills at a discotheque.

Speaking from New York, Horovitz said despite their political sensibilities, Beastie Boys reserved the right to record some party songs as well.

"I think there's a nice balance on this record about what's going on in America and all the crazy shit that's going on [elsewhere]. But I think to have a whole record about it . . . well, it's like life, isn't it? You have to have a balance of both, otherwise you'd get depressed about how shitty the world is. But if you don't pay attention and pretend none of it's happening and party all the time, well, you're just in denial."

To The 5 Boroughs is a CD openly dedicated to the band's home city of New York. From the cover art illustration of the city skyline, which includes the Twin Towers (see below) to tracks including An Open Letter To NYC, Beastie Boys have made clear their affection for their home.

In many ways it's a reflection of their music-making style, which for the past few years has centred on a purpose-built s

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