The Beastie Boys announced today that they would be making the new track ‘In a World Gone Mad’ available for free download, effective immediately. “We felt it was important to comment on where the U.S. appears to be heading now,” explained Adam Yauch. “A war in Iraq will not resolve our problems. It can only result in the deaths of many innocent civilians and US troops. If we are truly striving for safety, we need to build friendships, not try to bully the rest of the world.” Mike D. said, “It didn’t make sense to us to wait until the entire record was finished to release this song.” While Adam Horowitz added, “This song is not an anti-American or pro-Saddam Hussein statement. This is a statement against an unjustified war.” The song can be downloaded at BeastieBoys.com.
Davey D. writes, “Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion around Hip Hop and Race. The popularity of Eminem has been a catalyst for the impassioned exchanges that have been a long time coming. The most visible debate centers around Benzino and the Source Magazine and their claim that Eminem is a tool for the white power structure [machine]…But this has been a discussion that has surfaced and resurfaced ever since the Beastie Boys hit the scene back in the mid 80s. The discussion of Hip Hop and Race emerged during Hip Hop’s Golden Age/Afrocentric era… when groups like 3rd Bass the Young Black Teenagers hit the scene. The introduction of Vanilla Ice also sparked a lot of discussion around the issue of race in the early 90s. Unfortunately we never fully addressed all the issues and concerns that arose out of those earlier conversations.Now that Eminem is blowing up the spot and Hip Hop is a multi-billion dollar a year business, the discussions around race are in full swing again.” Read more.
Beastie Boys turntablist DJ Mixmaster Mike performed at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday (December 6) in New York. Check out a photo from WireImage.com.
Chuck D and the Beastie Boys were on hand for the wake for Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC in Hollis, Queens on Monday (November 4).
Spin magazine’s February issue has what they deem the 50 greatest bands of all time. While mostly rock acts, the list includes Public Enemy at #8, the Beastie Boys at #10, Run-D.M.C. at #14, N.W.A. at #23, and the newest of the list, OutKast at #44. The magazine listed the Beatles at #1.
Grand Royal Records, the label launched by the Beastie Boys in 1993, shut down on Friday because of mounting debts, decreasing assets, and exceedingly harsh industry conditions.