I grew up idolizing the Beastie Boys. They were three crazy Jewish kids from New York that made dope hip hop records, and as a young teenager obsessed with rap music, they were the guys I could actually relate too. I loved Check Your Head and Ill Communication, and seeing them at Lollapalooza in 1994 is still one of my most memorable concert experiences ever. Well, after a bit of a hiatus, the Beastie Boys are back with a new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (there’s no part one), and they sound as fresh as ever. Check out the 29 minute extended video movie “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)” above, which features every comedic actor you love that is popular right now, from Will Ferrell to Danny McBride to Seth Rogan to, well, everyone (peep the album cut “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas playing during the closing credits too). The whole thing is unreal. And below, just for good measure, watch the classic clip from back in the day of myself, Matty B, and Jiggs performing “Sure Shot” on our cable access show Prime Time with Dan and Andrew…
Oh shit, right? Thanks to the Beastie Boys for inspiring me to make my own rap music. Cop that album HERE.
In other hip hop news that puts a huge smile on my face, I saw Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life last week with my cousin CI and his crew at the Tribeca Film Festival (movie opens in theaters this summer). No Mas NYC had a hand in the animation production of the film (which was dope), and I love seeing the Isenberg name in the credits of what will surely be hailed as one of the greatest hip hop documentaries of all time. It’s excellent. Coincidentally, the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest both made a huge impact on my life. Their existence literally bombarded my whole being. And I should mention that Tribe was on that Lollapalooza bill too. What a day that was for me, seeing both of those groups live for the first time. Anyway, to tie these two newsworthy releases together with a nice Westcheddar bow, here’s the Beastie Boys and Q-Tip collaboration “Get It Together”. Such a fun tune, don’t you agree?
Found some live footage of this for the true heads. Tip didn’t know the words, still ill though. From 1996, peep it HERE.
I will leave you with a throwback gem of sorts that fits with the title of this post I guess. Just some shit I was listening to a few minutes ago. Del The Funkee Homosapian featuring Q-Tip and Pep Love “Undisputed Champs”. This was a song that I first read about in The Source magazine when it was listed in their monthly Fat Tape section. I remember thinking, “Oh shit, Del and Q-Tip did a song together?” This shit is butters…
I think I’m going to spend a good chunk of this week listening to the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, and Del (No Need For Alarm is a classic album!), just so I can feel like I’m 15 again. I suggest you do the same. Oh, and I’ve been on a Nas kick lately. I think out of all my favorite rappers, he has the most songs I like in his catalog. Throw him in the mix too. Another major Ipcus influence and enormous part of my teenage years. Okay, I’m out. One.