I'll admit that I've never been a huge Beastie fan outside of Paul's Boutique. With that said, there's no denying the impact the Beastie's have had on hip hop culture. I guess with the passing of MCA there is no better time to begin to acknowledge the music and influence of the Beastie Boys. In a nutshell, I guess you could say that the Beastie Boys made it okay for every white kid in America to embrace hip hop by giving hip hop music and culture an appeal that was true to form, an interracial culture where respect is given based on how well you either graff, b-boy, deejay, or MC. Below is DL's description of the mix.
I woke to the very sad news today that Adam Yauch aka MCA from the Beastie Boys had lost his battle with cancer. As many of you who would check this page would probably realize I am a music lover across many genres but hip hop is my first love, and the Beastie Boys were a huge influence on me when I was growing up. I still count Pauls Boutique amongst my most valuable (not in monetary sense obviously, but something far more important) records, not only because it was the record i listened to the most when my parents broke up, but I still to this day think the Dust Brothers production on that record was so far ahead of its time its not funny. I really dont know what else to say at this point, so I offer you this 90 minute mix of beastie boys classics, remixes and rareties, mixed live and predominantly off of vinyl (except for Tristan Dee's great remix of An Open Letter To NYC available here Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC - TD RMX by Tristan Dee) hope you enjoy
I find it interesting how much non-fans and the establishment focus on the Beasties influence on White people when they were also a significant direct influence on Black hip hop groups like NWA and Public Enemy and perhaps indirectly, the whole hardcore hip hop subgenre (Busta Rhymes, Redman, MOP, Onyx etc.).
Then there's the tiniest minority such as myself who equally valued the Beasties as a hardcore band, not just a hip hop group.
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