Five Great Rock/Rap Collaborations

Hip-hop and rap music was something new and fresh when it hit the masses in the eighties.

A lot of people didn’t know how to react to this new genre: could it be considered music, if the artist was simply “fast talking?”

Looking at the charts today, it’s clear rap music didn’t die in the wake of criticism, and proves to be the most popular genre when it comes to streaming services.

If you still haven’t fallen in love with a rap song, these five rock/rap collaborations just might be the trick.

“Kool Thing” – Chuck D & Sonic Youth

”Radio Song” – KRS-One & R.E.M.


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Today’s Google Doodle Is A Hip-Hop Fan’s Dream

Hip-hop fans NEED to pay a visit to Google today!

The search engine behemoth is celebrating 44 years since DJ Kool Herc’s iconic block party by offering up virtual DJ lessons.

Pioneer Fab 5 Freddy leads an introduction on the birth of breakdancing, rhyming, and more. From there, the interactive tool allows you to choose records from a crate, crossfade, match tempos, and more. It’s a fun Friday distraction that will get your feet tapping!

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MCA Adam Yauch

Rest In Peace, MCA: The 10 Best Beastie Boys Songs

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we lost Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

The emcee died on May 4, 2012, from cancer. Today would’ve marked his 53rd birthday.

We’re celebrating the legacy of MCA and his fellow Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock and Mike D, with a playlist of 10 amazing songs from the trio.

Rest in peace, Adam.

10. “Intergalatic”

9. “Sure Shot”


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Adam Yauch

Remembering Adam Yauch Five Years After His Death

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since The Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch tragically passed away.

We lost Yauch at the age of 47 from ‘salivary gland neoplasm.’ In 2009, he was diagnosed for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node, which was unsuccessfully treated. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy, and became a vegan under guidance from Tibetan doctors. His illness delayed the release of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and the Beastie Boys’ upcoming tour. Yauch also hit to miss the video shoots for this album.

One of his wishes in his will was that the Beastie Boys’ music never be used in advertising. It may not be legally valid, but we’re sure if company that tries to ink a deal, the fans will be ready to attack.

Alongside being a rapping member of the group, Yauch also directed many of their music videos under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér.”

Some of his other accomplishments include:

  • Opening Oscilloscope Labroatories recording studio in New York City in 2002
  • Starting an independent film distributing company called Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Directing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!, and the 2008 film Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot
  • Producing Build a Nation, the comeback album from hardcore/punk band Bad Brains
  • Receiving Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College (where he attended for two years), given “in recognition of a significant contribution to the American artistic or literary heritage.”
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    Paul's Boutique

    The Story Behind The Cover: Beastie Boys “Paul’s Boutique”

    If you went to New York and tried looking for Paul’s Boutique featured on The Bestie Boys‘ pivotal work, you’d be hard-pressed.


    The cover for the Beastie Boys‘ second album is iconic. The 1989 release followed up their widely successful Licensed To Ill, but the change to a more sophisticated sound resulted in a lack of label support. But the collection of songs, almost entirely made up of samples, found critical praise–and the band needed a cover photo to match the powerful lyrics.

    Mike D was the brainchild behind the shots. The Paul’s Boutique sign was made by the band, and stuck on the corner of Lee’s Sportwear in New York’s Lower East Side at Rivington and Ludlow Streets. When you unfold the pamphlet, the photo becomes a panorama of the intersection from the perspective of 99 Rivington Street.


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