Posted in hiphop | music on May 4, 2012

by BBG


The first two hip hop records that I ever heard in full were nothing less than classics. I'll always remember having the cassette-dubs of the harder-than-hard leather-clad Run DMC, whose Raising Hell was the pinnacle of hip hop badassery. On the other side of the coin was the boyish, obnoxious, beer-soaked young lads responsible for the oh-so-fun Licensed to Ill. It was the perfect yin-and-yang, but I latched onto the Beastie Boys more, partly due to their cartoonish antics and over-the-top videos.

As Beasties evolved musically, so did I. They started going the cut-and-paste way of Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad when they teamed up with Dust Brothers for Paul's Boutique. They, along with Stetsasonic, used real instruments (shock!) on a hip hop record for Check Your Head, and even got back to their roots in punk on the same record. Their willingness to experiment and do what was right for them was an important lesson for my young mind; do what you like and the rest will follow.

MCA, thank you for providing the soundtrack to my youth. The world will miss you. Check out some of my favorite songs by the Beastie Boys below.


Beastie Boys - Jimmy James (LP Version) by cyd125

Beastie Boys - Rhymin & Stealin

Beastie Boys - Hold it now Hit It

Beastie Boys - Shake Your Rump

Beastie Boys - So What Cha Want

Beastie Boys - On Music Sampling



Comments (42)

Their instrumental stuff was great too! In Sounds was great! True talent!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:24 PM

Well said - had it not been for my copy of License to Ill as a kid, I probably never would have gotten into hip-hop in any capacity.

Adam Yauch R.I.P.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:26 PM

this: "As Beasties evolved musically, so did I."

Posted by mike | May 4, 2012 2:27 PM

best post i've read all month on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:28 PM

UMass Spring Concert 1992 - Beasties + fIREHOSE, Fishbone, and Phish

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:29 PM

So long, Adam.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:30 PM

Heartbreaking. Yet Ke$ha will probably live to be a 100.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:31 PM

2:32 is fucking pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:36 PM

Nothing like faceless internet nerds to shit talk a dead person anonymously. Get a life.

I'm trying to get my band to cover "Time for Livin" at our next couple shows.

Posted by Matt | May 4, 2012 2:40 PM

Wow, it took a whole 8 posts for some piece of shit troll to put their two cents in. Fuck off 2:32.


Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:41 PM

there are some sad fucking people that troll these sites. the man is dead, you pathetic shits. Have a little common decency.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:43 PM

The love for Adam Yauch is billion times bigger than any of your anonymous internet snark... so fire away you pathetic cell wasters..

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:44 PM

MCA was a Buddhist so he understood the impermanent nature of life. Glad I got to hear his music; he touched a lot of people.

Posted by Stephen | May 4, 2012 2:44 PM


I still remember when Licensed to Ill came out. It was gimmicky, but as a teenager, it was perfect. They were able to evolve from that sound and create something new.

I was into metal/hardcore in the '80s, and I went back into their catalog and got Polly Wog Stew. Still have the cassette!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 2:52 PM

Well put, BBG. We saw Adam grow up over the years, and saw his music evolve along with it. Really sad to know that I will never get to see a Beastie Boys show ever again.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:00 PM

I love how all the negative comments are written anonymously. No guts.

RIP Adam

Posted by Venkman | May 4, 2012 3:01 PM

So long, Adam. Thanks for the good tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:11 PM

3:09, the last CD (Hot Sauce Committee) that came out in 2011 didn't count?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:16 PM

well, good thing you're not a doctor 3:09

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:19 PM

3:09 and 3:14-You are both so very incorrect. Straight lying

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:27 PM

Sorry that was 3:09 and 3:18. You can also add in 3:28 as well

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:29 PM

so horrible. RIP Yauch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:34 PM

Most music fans nowadays are leeches and parasites. Not sure if that story of him losing faith is true but it seems completely possible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:34 PM

Yeah 3:30. Put your real info down then you piece of shit. You have no idea what you are talking about. Just lying. Let's see if you can back up your so called truths.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:37 PM

that story about him losing faith is bullshit. he directed the 'fight for your right revisited' video like a year ago. hot sauce didn't come out BECAUSE HE WAS BATTLING CANCER, not because he had 'lost faith in the people.' it eventually came out while he was in remission.

obviously he was in a dark place while he was battling cancer, but it didn't have anything to do with illegal downloading. he had no money troubles - the guy ran both a film studio and a charity. maybe he was staying with his family because he was close to the end. why come on here and spread stupid lies in the wake of someone's death? it's disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:39 PM

2:32 needs to be burned

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:40 PM

3:34-It is not true at all. Let's see if 3:30 has the balls to put down his real information since he seems to know so much. Let's see him back up his "truths". He won't cause he can't.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:41 PM

Nathanial Hornblower RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:43 PM

Yauch wasn't hurting for cash. If he was living with family, it was probably because he wanted to be with his family...

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:51 PM

Just laughing at you 3:48. Keep telling everyone lies. Oh you live in their building huh? What building is that pray tell? What's your name. People reading this, as someone who does actually know, this guy is so lying it is hilarious. You are a sad excuse for a human

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:54 PM

@354 it's not hilarious. the guy's a troll asshole who has google/wikipedia, and decided to use the death of a great man as an opportunity to get some attention. we know what kind of people do things like that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 3:58 PM

all you no-name assholes posting hate, wonder if you've brought 30 seconds of the happiness and energy to this world that Adam brought.

RIP MCA: going out first class, not going out coach

Posted by gila | May 4, 2012 4:03 PM

Yeah, I mean God forbid someone should get angry when someone starts making jokes/lying about a person who just died.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 4:03 PM

Again folks, believe this liar above me at your own peril. He will never post any real information to back up his lies because he can't. Sir, you are simply put a waste of life.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 4:14 PM

406 you're not fooling anyone. everyone in the world knows that he didn't have money issues. he owns oscilloscope. keep it up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 4:16 PM

Can we get a hacker on here to give us the IP/location of the trolls posting hate about Adam Yauch? That information should be made public, so Beastie fans can do with it as they please. I would love to be in the same room as this man (and give my condolences to Adam's parents while I'm in the building, of course).

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 4:19 PM

I've seen better days this one, I've seen better nights than this one...

"Something's Got To Give"
Check Your Head

Rest in peace, Adam

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 4:44 PM

An untimely death always brings out the crazies.

I know it's tough but the only way to deal with it is to simply ignore (super tough today .. I'm sad and angry because of this news)

It's like a rash or an infection. The more you itch it the worse it will get.

Posted by Burg | May 4, 2012 4:51 PM

I was at that UMass show. Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Rippopotamus opened. Even though Fishbone & Beastie Boys played after Phish, they had to cut their sets short because the stinking hippies went way over their allotted time. Good show though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 7:21 PM

RIP, never forget the irving plaza show the day before the NYC tibet show. played a ton of their hardcore songs..encored with the ramones 53rd and 3rd of the best shows I've seen

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 10:02 PM

Lead an amazing life, entertaining and educating people. A true hip-hop pioneer. He was part of something so great and touched so many. Truly a huge loss for the industry. There will NEVER EVER be 3 MC's like these giants. "Wanna offer my love and respect til' the end."

Posted by milkyceralbaby | May 6, 2012 12:04 AM

thank you adam

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 5:19 PM

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