And now I’d like to pass the mic to YOU!

Today the world lost an amazing musician, filmer/ director and philanthropist. We would like to invite anyone who wants to post in the comments section, any awesome memories or experiences you’ve had with The Beastie Boys.

The first time I heard of them was when their album License To Ill came out. Someone in my 6th grade homeroom class who was kind of a bully, left his copy of it sitting out on his desk. So I stole it….. I am not proud of it, but nonetheless, I was a bit of a klepto back then.

A kid from my town who was a few years older (and coincidentally the author of the article in this month’s issue “A Match Made in a Tree”) went to see them on that tour. The next day he showed up on the school bus wearing a tshirt he got and it said Get Off My Dick on it. I was like WOOOAH you can WEAR that to SCHOOL? I think he got in trouble for it. It was cool.

As I got older and so did they, the music coming out of them was just getting better and better every time! Each album added layers and layers of new sounds, old samples and more instruments. We even got to learn funk history by researching the samples they were using.

In 1994 when Ill Communication SMASHED the airwaves, and they had paired up with Q Tip from Tribe Called Quest, worlds collided. I never had listened to them before so it was brand new for me. I quickly fell in love and was listening to Check Your Head and Ill Communication every single day. They played Lollapalooza that year and I got to see them in their hometown in NYC where the fans were rabid, AND we got to see Q Tip come out and perform everyone’s favorite song:

It was amazing… And Tribe played a great set, The Smashing Pumpkins, George Clinton, Nick Cave- it was insane.

*Taken from my friend Julie’s facebook, (the wonderful co-owner of the Lovin’ Oven in Frenchtown, and amazing wife of one of my favorite people, Squidd) this was her choice for commemorating MCA today and it’s one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite songs of theirs. We lost a good one today :'(

“I want to say a little something that’s long overdue
This disrespect to women has got to be through
To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends
I wanna offer my love and respect to the end”-MCA, 1994

RIP MCA. You will live on forever in your fans.

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3 Responses to And now I’d like to pass the mic to YOU!

  1. Jason says:

    Yes, I was the one who wore the shirt to school. I did not get in any real trouble, although I had to wear my jean jacket all day. The concert was at Stabler Areana and it was almost a sell out, we sat in center stage, but all the way in the back in the upper level, there were a few empty seats, but not many. There were two opening acts. The first was an AC/DC like band, which was wierd. The second opening act was actually Public Enemy, before they blew up. One of the few things I do remember is that being the tour was called, Get of My Dick, the had big giant dick in a box, that was supposed to pop up during the closing song. It did not work, and the concert ended with one of the boys running around screaming “the dick won’t go up”

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