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Ever since founding Def Jam Records from his NYU dorm room and catapulting the careers of the hip-hop, punk and heavy metal greats (with a few pop stars sprinkled in), Rick Rubin has been one of the most well-known producers in the music industry.  Working in a role that typically goes unrecognized in the realm of music creation, Rubin and his beard, his monk-like philosophy and his penchant for going barefoot have made him an icon in his own right.

90s nostalgia is no new concept.  Any one that lived through the decade is likely to have spent at least a few moments reminiscing about boy bands, President Clinton, and the early days of the internet.  There was even that whole VH1 show about the decade.

But now more than ever, it seems as if the 90s style and attitude is swinging back to the forefront of popular culture.

Tomorrow’s an exciting day for new music (as most Tuesdays are).  Check out these new releases.

The Beastie Boys— Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Although the new album been streaming on the group’s website for a while now, tomorrow marks the official return of The Beastie Boys.  After a few listens, it’s clear that Hot Sauce Committee Part Two lives up to the high expectations established by the group throught the years.  “Make Some Noise,” the first song on the album as well as its first single, kicks off the LP with an awesomely funky bang.  “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas is one of the best hip-hop songs I’ve heard in a while (although the track appears on the album, it was actually released in 2009 and nominated for a Grammy that year).  It amazes me not only that The Beastie Boys consists of three white, Jewish fortysomethings, but that they’re still some of the best artists in hip-hop.