"Don't smoke cheeba, can't stand crack" - "I stopped smoking herb three or four years ago. The one thing about doing hallucinogens is that they open up your solar plexus chakra and allow you to take in the energy of everybody else around you, whether you want to or not. Hallucinogens blow that chakra wide open and you can start taking in a lot of negative energy - worries, jealousy, anger, or whatever other contractive
emotions are flying around. I just can't even mess with that now. I feel a little more in control by keeping my energy separate." - Adam Yauch, in an interview with Tricycle Magazine, Winter 1994
"'Alive' is so formulaic that it sounds as if the Boys - who've have gone their entire careers without subscribing to convention - maybe are in the waning days of their
existence" - CDNow, 1999
"...[a] streamlined phased-funk single" - New Musical Express, 1999
"[Alive] brims with straight-edge earnestness: 'Don't
smoke cheeba/Can't stand crack'. The song also acknowledges the Beasties' unlikely new role as keepers of the hip-hop flame by sampling one of Boogie Down Productions' mottoes: 'Bringin'
back that old New York rap.'" - Rolling Stone, 1999