Beastie Basics

Jason Richards of Now Toronto caught the attention of the Beastie Boys when he interviewed the group bringing in an unauthorized Beastie Boys bio to the room. Mike D joked that most of the celebrity photos in the book were taken in a single night back in 1985. MCA added, “But mostly the ones I’ve seen were taken at this party backstage at a Madonna concert, and we just said, ‘Hey, it’d be really funny to see how many of these celebrities we could get our picture taken with,’ so we went around and asked all these different famous people if we could take a picture with them.” Read more.

Beastie Boys Still Get Along After All These Years

The similarity of the Beastie Boys’ tastes and their longtime friendship, which goes back to their teen years, has made them a durable hip-hop entity. “When we’re not touring, we’re recording,” Adam Yauch (aka MCA) tells Adam Bregman of the Dallas Observer. “I’d say we spend the majority of our lives together. Sometimes, I see the band more than my family. We do get pissed at each other. But most of the time we get along pretty well. We’re just having a good time doing what we’re doing.” Read more.

Jadakiss Wants America To Wake Up And Vote Out Bush

Jadakiss, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Adam Horovitz and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and of the Black Eyed Peas are among the artists speaking out against President Bush in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. “It’s about goddamn time people started waking up,” Jada fumed. “I got two kids, and I don’t want no war going on while I’m raising them. Everything that is happening right now is gonna be their social-studies lesson. We need to get things on the right track for them. We got to get some more jobs for people, because that’s gonna be the main problem for years to come. A lot of felons can’t get jobs, and that creates more crime. There’s definitely a lot of hatred for Bush right now. He lost my trust a long time ago, when I woke up in my bed and found out the election had been rigged. I think Kerry’s aiight. Everyone always ignores the hood, but I think he’s a little bit more for the people than Bush. I’m for whatever is gonna make a little bit of a change. It gotta start from a pebble to get to a boulder.”

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Older Artists Shine In 2004

Contributed by AdamBernard:

I was going through the long list of albums that have come out this year and I noticed a pattern when picking out the best, the old school artists, though they released their albums with, for the most part, little fanfare, released albums that have been far and away better than the current favorites out there. This all started when I was attempting to make a Top 10 of the first 2/3 of 2004 to gauge how well the industry is doing. Album sales are nice, but creating good music is really what’s important. On my list I saw the following names appear: The Beastie Boys, Erick Sermon, Brand Nubian, The Pharcyde, LL Cool J, Mase (who is not old school by any stretch of the imagination but since he was away from the game for five years he isn’t exactly a spring chicken either).

These six artists have all released great albums this year, albums that blow the likes of Lloyd Banks’ out of the water. Why is that though? For the full commentary click here.

Beastie Boys Taking Talib Kweli On Tour In September

The Beastie Boys scheduled a U.S. tour for the fall in support of their latest record, ‘To the 5 Boroughs’. The tour, featuring Talib Kweli as the opening act, will be the group’s first since a 1998 tour in support of ‘Hello Nasty’, kicking off September 9 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. Check out the concert dates announced so far at

Drug Laws To Get Rapped

The New York Daily News reports Russell Simmons, along with the AIDS activist group Still We Rise, the New York Civil Liberties Union and other like-minded folks – has obtained a permit to march up Eighth Ave. to Madison Square Garden on the opening day of the Republican National Convention on August 30th. There they’ll stage a rally against the so-called Rockefeller Drug Laws, and Simmons expects Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys and Mariah Carey to join him.