During the last two years, the pioneering Hip Hop trio, The Beastie Boys have been nominated for a spot in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and have also had to deal with Adam “MCA” Yauch being diagnosed with cancer. Understandably, the latter delayed the group from releasing their Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 album. Mike D recently told UK news outlet BBC 1 that the project is still delayed, but the group is moving forward with plans to release its sequel this spring.

After Yauch was issued a clean bill of health last fall, The Beastie Boys said they’re open to the idea of touring, but still wanted to wait and see how MCA is doing healthwise. As for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, Mike D. said to expect some surprises.

“We’ve got a video we got to finish, a big video,” he said. “I know people don’t make big videos any more but we made a big video. It’s not even a video, it’s a ‘film-eo.’ A cinematic, short film.”

For his part, Yauch his also moving forward with plans to direct a short film starring Elijah Wood based on the group’s 1987 single “(You Gotta) Fight Right (To Party!).” Yauch has also directed The Beasties’ 2006 short film Awesome; I…Shot That! and the 2008 basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot.

(January 7)

UPDATE: It has been announced that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will release on April 19, on Capitol/EMI Records.