The Beastie Boys were my Beatles. My father would preach the gospel of the Fab 5 while me, too young to give a shit, wanted to wear baggy clothing and be MCA. You'd think I wanted to be Mike D due to the '4th letter in the alphabet' connection, but nope. Yauch was cooler to me.
MCA was no bullshit. The only one of the three that I would be afraid of. Yauch was my Lennon. Leave the bubblegum to McCartney. Here's the real shit.
"I can blow you away or you could ride with me." -MCA, Paul Revere
My world stopped when a friend of mine sent me a text, telling me MCA passed away. I've lost people. It's always a different reaction based on the closeness of the relationship. I've never met Adam Yauch, but it felt like I lost a family member. We never shook hands, or greeted each other, but I've spent hundreds of hours, over the course of 20 plus years, with him and the Beastie Boys in my headphones.
No offense to, but I wasn't one of those tweeting how they were going to spend their entire weekend listening to the Beastie Boys, in memory of MCA. I've been listening to them consistently since the late eighties. Not a week goes by that I don't have one craving to listen to a Beastie Boys song.
I knew I had to create something for him. I didn't want to record the typical tribute song. MCA wasn't typical and deserves better. I wanted to take it back to my childhood. The childhood they had impacted so heavily. I wanted to take it back to me, rapping Pass The Mic in a comb in front of a mirror in my bedroom, hat backwards, in my father's work jacket. These were the moments that drove me to become an artist. And MCA helped me steer.
Video: X-Excutions & X-Men Continue to Roc for Raida
Members of the X-Men and X-Ecutioners recently reunited to celebrate the life of Roc Raida at the "Roc for Raida" Listening Party at Scratch DJ Academy in New York City. DJs Sean C, DJ Diamond (Diamond Jay), Mista Sinista, DJ Precision, Rob Swift, and Boogie Blind gathered to reminisce about Roc Raida and showcase routines for an intimate crowd.
@PranoBBM is making a lot of noise with the impending release of his DJ Drama hosted mixtape,"PranoBama". The Boston native recently connected with Gil Videos in South Beach for the video for his track "Coolest In The World". The track features @YoungSalemme and is produced by Jahlil Beats". "Pranonama" is set to be released next month.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #173 is "Make It or Break It" Part 3! If you like the songs in this week's episode (from the likes of Lyrikill, Nerd Ferguson, Mega Ran and Homeboy Sandman) do nothing! We'll leave them in rotation. If you don't like a song, send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @RapReviews and we'll take it and break it! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Lyrikill - Allen Iverson * Nerd Ferguson - Doing Lines With Oprah * Fluent f/ Kaze, Median - Wild and Free * RoQ'y TyRaiD f/ Chaundon - Bye Felicia * Mega Ran f/ MC Frontalot - Wake Up * Marcel P Black f/ Lyriqs Da Lyriciss - Sun Down * Gensu Dean f/ 7evenThirty, Homeboy Sandman - Ramesses
Adam: "I have a wild show for you this month with 14 new songs, including four artists that are new to The Adam B Experience. I also go off on a few really random tangents, including telling you about a very embarrassing moment I recently had at a local restaurant. No, no one mistook me for an unfortunate looking celebrity, this was a moment of my own doing. Check out the show to find out what happened, and to hear a full hour of great underground hip-hop. Follow me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog or hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
* Jesse Abraham - Back Off * Illus w/ J-Live - Magical * Sketch Tha Cataclysm - Place To Be * P.SO - Moontones (Soulmade Beats Remix) * Vinnie Scullo - The Shoes * Jose Nova - IDGAF * Jonny October - Whiskey Waltz * The Other Guys - Fearless * Satnam - Change Your Mind * Otis Clapp - Pick Ya Pants Up * Creature - Do it to Yaself * MetaMusick - Word On The Street * 5:AM - Blackout * Mic Ripz - F List Celebrity
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Some of Vill's accomplishments started with the video for his single “Ride It” being in high rotation all year on Canada's top music video channels and is one of the most requested songs in Canada. Additionally, his single “More Than Friends” has been taking over international dance floors and has become a favorite with club DJ's across the U.K. It has been a Top 10 on the DMC R&B Club Chart and was recently number 1 on Australia's ZFM. He also had a HUGE underground record that had over 1 million downloads –California Dreams- feat. The Game.