It remained unclear for about two years exactly where the Beastie Boys would go next musically after the release of the Beastie Boys' jazzy, funky instrumental album, 2007's The Mix-Up. That was, of course, until Bonaroo in 2009, when they hit the stage to perform a brand new, straight-up rap anthem with Nas called “Too Many Rappers.” They then announced they had two albums in the works, parts one and two of Hot Sauce Committee.
But just a few months later in 2009, it was announced that Adam Yauch had throat cancer. Although it was treatable, the Beasties put their recording and touring schedule on hold indefinitely. After nearly a year of silence, the news broke that they had returned to the studio and would be releasing Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 before the first. And it would later be revealed that the second offering has adopted the track listing of the first. That means it features a more traditional, hip-hop-heavy sound with elements of rock strewen about. It also boasts such singles as "Too Many Rappers" and the punk rock-esque "Lee Majors Come Again."