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awesome: i f**kin’ shot that!
awesome: i f**kin’ shot that!
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Bass player and sometime rapper, Adam Yauch (aka MCA), has always been the most interesting member of the Beastie Boys. Yauch met Mike Diamond (Mike D) on his 17th birthday back in 1981 and they soon formed the Beasties. The next couple of years saw the band make several false starts with different line-ups, until 1983 when Adam Horvitz (Ad Rock) joined to complete the classic trio.

The three Jewish kids broke stereotypes to break into hip-hop and, in 1985, released the phenomenal Licence To Ill. Yauch, the oldest of the three, stood out with his full grown beard, and his influence over the band was more noticeable when he began directing their music videos, under the alias Nathaniel Hornblower, and converted to Buddhism.

Six albums and more than two decades later, the Beasties are still pioneers. Their latest project is the concert movie Awesome: I F**kin’ Shot That!. Yauch got 50 fans to record their Madison Square Garden concert on 09 October 04, to create an authentic concert movie. Aged 42 and having been a B-Boy for 25 years, Yauch still gets a kick out of learning more about the B-Boys member fans. He says, “My favourite moments from the film are the weirder departures that we on stage don’t normally see. Like when Mike D is dancing on the beach and the girl in the audience is dancing exactly the same way as he is. A lot of my favourite stuff is the things that the audience members do: trips to the bathroom, buying beers and seeing people when they’re screaming the lyrics and jumping around - that stuff is interesting.”

The result is a concert movie unlike any other. Yauch adds to the action with trademark digital effects and filters. All 89 minutes of the B-Boys on stage are included and there’s promise of extra fan footage to come on the DVD, which is due out at the end of this month. Awesome: he certainly is.

Kaleem Aftab 06 July 06
Awesome: I F**kin’ Shot That!, on selected release 07 July 06.
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Royalty Free Beats For One Dollar post 28
comment by sirWINNX    Jul 25, 2006
Royalty Free Beats For One Dollar

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comment by some1else    Jul 19, 2006
Yo! B-)

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comment by Venceremos    Jul 18, 2006
Jesus - grow up. They are just a bunch of song and dance merchants - not on a mission from god. You either like it or you don't. I rather like it.
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comment by nealej2    Jul 18, 2006
no offence, but i can't beleive you put silva bullet in the same catagory... I agree with a smile on my face about Whodini, Schooly D, the mighty Mantronix !!! Wow, those were the days when hip hop was hip hop and the best there will ever be in my mind
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comment by Hex Enduction Hour    Jul 18, 2006
In reply to Catabolic Kid, the indie guy who was looking interested in getting into hip hop, I was in the same boat as you about a year ago, since then I have been gradually listening to more and more hip hop. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but to my mind you could do a lot worse than checking out the stone's throw label. In particular anything by Madlib or one of his various aliases. The same goes for MF Doom.

Anticon is another label with some good stuff. CLOUDdead is good but quite dense and hard to get into - not the easiest listen but can be rewarding.

Beyond that, you probably know the usual suspects as well as I do - Public Enemy, De La Soul, Pharcyde and so on. I have to say though that some of the so-called classics sound terribly dated to my ears.
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comment by yanjoh    Jul 14, 2006
Ah spinky, you were definitely in my timeframe there; classic hip hop ! Schooly D, Mantronix, P.E.(although I'd have Bumrush The Show over Nation Of Millions any day). I loved hip hop from the Streetsounds Electro Hip Hop compilations right through to the end of the gangster rap boom. I never really did the hippy nonsense, but De La Soul had their moments. After that, pffff....

Favourite (less obvious) albums :

Coolin in Cali by 7A3
Horns Of Jericho by Hijack
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comment by fingerchimp    Jul 14, 2006
i still believe in a distinction between hip-hop and rap though. rapping is a style of vocal delivery, hell, even john barnes has doesnt make "world in motion" by new order a hip-hop record though. hip hop is a culture and a lifestyle that takes in much more than just music. i wouldnt call jay-z a B-Boy, or eminem.
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comment by fingerchimp    Jul 14, 2006
um yeah, that kinda what i said. i appreciate the absolute value of the ultimate bongo bands version of apache but to be honest is soooo played to death, particularly by most of my mates who dj hip hop (buy some records fellas!), same with eric b and rakim, it doesnt do much for me. now something like typical american by the goats and im jumping up and down and pointing at people like a traffic policeman on night nurse.

i love all music, well, i try to. its not easy sometimes.

and spinky...20 seconds to comply..WICKED!!!

king of the beats gets me thinking of that kurtis mantronix mix of we have explosive by future sound of thats a tune and a half
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comment by Dr B     Jul 14, 2006
Loud and clear Echo Unit, full respect.
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comment by echo_unit    Jul 14, 2006
The bottom line, to my mind anyway, is that Hip Hop is like any musical genre that's been around for a while. It's margins are wide. From west coast gangster to east coast hardcore, and back again, it's all Hip Hop. People will try to tell you different, but their wrong. You can like what you like, but just because you don't like something, it doesn't mean it's not part of the family. Old School, New School - take your fill. I could give you many examples of artists whose names were mud, until they put out some work that struck a chord, then it's "welcome to the family". Personally I'm a big fan of early Hip Hop - Stupid Fresh, from where the Beastie took thier que. Then 2nd generation (LL Cool J, Public Enemy, etc) and beyond. I can't get enough of EL-P (Company Flow, Cannibal Ox, etc), I love a bit of Dose One (Subtle, Clouddead, Themselves, etc... and the whole San Fran thing). I also like and respect the Beastie Boys, not to mention some Snoop. Some Snoop, not all. His work with Pharell was good. Signs with Timberlake, was a good track. Party Hip Hop to get you and your lady on the dance floor. Timberlake supports Hip Hop, so I give him his due. It's all good, even if you don't think it's all good - know what I mean? Always give things a chance, then if it's not your thing, move on. Dislike, but don't dismiss. Peace.
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