It actually took me a few days to get this one out. I really didn’t want to. It was just 2 weeks ago that I was in the crib jammin all my Beastie Boys albums and talking to DJ Hurricane, former Beasties DJ, about what to do for #ThrowbackThursday that week. Although we chose RUN-D.M.C., doesn’t mean that the Beasties weren’t the shit. I’m still kicking myself for that.
Without going too far in, The Beastie Boys were very necessary. They took what Run-D.M.C had started and went all the way with it, bridging the gap between urban & suburban communities through fusing rock & pop music with beats & rhymes. There once was a time when white kids & black were at musical odds, the graffiti on the school walls read, “Rap Sucks” & “Rock Sucks.” I’ll never forget that. Rap music changed all of that. It wasn’t really a white or black thing anymore, Hip hop was for everyone and anyone who felt the passion to create it and add on.
A whole new culture was born. Rap/Rock bands started popping up all over the music scene. No matter how much success they achieved, they all sang praises and gave Run-D.M.C and the Beasties their props.The Beasties never abandoned their style, They stuck with the original hiphop formula, beats rhymes, routines, samples and scratches and still sold millions of albums while others follow the new trend of the week.
Long live Adam “MCA” Yauch and I salute Mike D & Ad-Rock as well. We will miss them as a trio but will never forget the “great” music they made together.
Beastie Boys forever!