May 10, 2012


I don't like the Beastie Boys much at all. Since I don't like rap, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. But I did my due diligence yesterday, reaffirming my stance, when I spun through a few of their albums.

Don't get me wrong. I fought for my right to party as much as the next guy. I remember when License To Ill hit the shelves. No one had ever heard anything quite like it. Almost everyone went ape-shit over it. Pretty amazing. White rappers and Guess jeans. Quite a combo.

What gets me about MCA's death isn't the inevitable loss of a band and the music they created and would probably create if he was still alive. Instead it's the loss of such a strong cultural and popular influence who, with a couple of friends, carved out a piece of the music industry, shaped it, and made it his own. And ended up doing so much good with the influence he achieved.

That and the fact that he was so damn young.

Posted by Chris at May 10, 2012 7:48 AM