BeastiesMay 11, 2012
A few folks have asked me why I haven’t posted anything about the passing of MCA of the Beastie Boys. The truth is, its been busy at work so I haven’t had time. But there’s another underlying reason: I’m not a huge fan of the Beastie Boys. I absolutely love the top-notch production on all of their work, and their sampling is really second to none. But it’s their rapping. In a word, it sucks. And it’s not just their nasally whine, it’s the tired, rehashed lines.
Back in the day, it didn’t help that every frickin douchebag jock in high school and college played Licensed To Ill ad nauseum, plus their first large tour in support of said album, with it’s giant inflated dildo and pretend chugging of 40s on stage really put a bad taste in my mouth. Luckily the Boys continued to put out LP after LP of strong shit, so I quickly forgave them.
That being said, there was (and still is) one tried and true way to get people off their asses on onto the dancefloor; drop a Beasties track. Done.
So instead of posting my favorite BB tunes and writing an ode to Adam Yauch, I’m going to ask you to read the excellent post by Larry over at funky16corners. He posted a collection of originals the Beasties have sampled over the years. Give a listen then give a moment of silence for the genius that is MCA.