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Bestie Boys - Licensed to Ill

Rest in peace, Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch. You were taken far too soon. For just about as long as I’ve been listening to music the Beastie Boys have been a part of my life. When Licensed to Ill was released in 1986 I was in the 8th grade. I remember discovering the Beastie Boys from someone at school. He was singing “Girls” in my English class and I had to ask him what he was singing. From there it was literally almost overnight that everyone in school was turned on to the Beastie Boys. I picked up the cassette tape and began listening to it immediately.

Portable Casette Recorder

In those days, I’ll I had to playback tapes was a portable cassette recorder like the one above. Later on, my parents upgraded me to something better but that was one of those all-in-one shelf systems with a tuner, cassette deck, turntable and two crappy little speakers. They bought it at KMart. It wasn’t until years later that I realized the Licensed to Ill had bass. I couldn’t believe my ears the first time I heard “The New Style” on a real system with real subwoofers. I was blown away by the awesome bass. Ever since then I have been skipping ahead to the 3:20 mark in that track when I want to test the bass response of any system. “EeeeDrop” {boom} “Coolin’ on the corner on a hot summers day. Just me and my posse and MCA…”

I played the Licensed to Ill cassette so many times that I wore it out and had to buy a new one. My friends and I learned every lyric on that album in probably less than a week. I would play that tape almost every day after school from start to finish and sometimes even more than once. Tracks from this album have been playing on the radio for decades. You can hear Beastie Boys tracks on Pop, Hip-Hop and Modern Rock stations.

The Beastie Boys played a part in defining the music of my generation. Did you know that Licensed to Ill was the first Rap Album to hit number one on the Billboard 200? Here’s a look back at the number one Rap albums by fuse. The B Boys have been making great music for 26 years. “Make Some Noise” off the 2011 album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is every bit as good as anything the Beastie Boys have released over the past 2 and 1/2 decades.

The 30 minute long video for “Make Some Noise” was directed by MCA and I would argue it’s one of his greatest accomplishments in entertainment. I rank the video right up there with some of the best music videos of all time. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video comes to mind when I think about the video for “Make Some Noise.” It’s that good. The video features an all star cast to boot, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Ted Danson, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black just to name a few. If you haven’t yet seen the video, do yourself a favor and watch it on YouTube.

While I’ve embedded the video here, I encourage you to jump over to YouTube and watch in HD.

MCA - Adam Yauch - Nathan Wind - Cochese

Once again, rest in peace, MCA. You will be missed.

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