Rumor: Adrock and Mike D to appear at All Points West

Word on the street is Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond will be making an appearance at All Points West before Jay-Z's set on Friday night. At this point, we cannot substantiate this rumor with any facts. It is, however, in line with their personalities to want to address the audience and say something about Yauch and their having to back out of the festival.

Adam Yauch feature in the Financial Times


Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Adam Yauch is the subject of a new feature article in the Financial Times. The article focuses on his work with Oscilloscope Pictures. The interview was conducted before he learned of his illness.

Related to the article is a blog post by photographer Jonathan Alcorn, who photographed Yauch for the Financial Times article.

One for the history books: Lyrics to 'Too Many Rappers'

The a cappella of "Too Many Rappers," which is included on the 12" single, greatly aided the Beastiemania.com crew's transcription of the song lyrics. Listen along to the audio HERE and let us know if we got it right or wrong.

Too Many Rappers

Mic check, mic check

One, two, three
Too many rappers and there's still not enough emcees
It goes three, two, one
MCA, Adrock, Mike D, that's how we get it done
Like ladies and gents, attention
Nas in the house with Beastie Boys
We can turn it out
Perpetrators, we can point 'em out
So if you got something on your mind, let it out

Yo! I've been in the game since before you was born
I might still be emceeing even after you're gone
Strange start, I know, but my skills still grow
The 80s, the 90s, 2000s, and so
On and on until the crack of dawn
Until the year 3000 and beyond
Stay up all night, I emcee
And never die 'cause death is the cousin of sleep

Because I'm back with a bang, boogie oogie oogie
Strawberry Letter 23 like Shuggie
Oh my god, just look at me
Grandpa been rappin' since '83
I'm supersonic like J.J. Fad
Crazy-ass shit pullin' out the bag
Don't forget the tartar sauce, yo! 'cause it's sad
All these crab rappers, they're rapping like crabs

I have carte blanche, the vagabond
Nas is the narcissist
My pockets are rotund
I'm no killer
But compared to you, I'm more realer
You ain't a shotta mobster or a drug dealer
A slug peeler, you're not
Mafioso, no
You ain't got the cut-throat in ya, beginner
I ain't tryin' to hear your racket
You work a police dog, you snitch, you rat
You wear that jacket

How many rappers must get dissed?
Gimme eight bars and watch me blast this
I'll start to reminisce when I miss
The real hip hop with which I persist
Like rum in mojitos
Bullets and banditos
Matzo balls in soup
Jackets and troop
Yes, y'all! This is one is for the history books
Nasty Nas, what's the word?
Count it off in the hook

One, two, three
Too many rappers and there's still not enough emcees
It goes three, two, one
MCA, Adrock, Mike D, that's how we get it done
Like ladies and gents, attention
Nas in the house with Beastie Boys
We can turn it out
Perpetrators, we can point 'em out
So if you got something on your mind, let it out

'Cause this the type of lyric that goes inside your brain
To blow you bullshit rappers straight out the frame
My lyrics spin 'round like a hurricane twister
So get your hologram on off of Wolf Blitzer
Too many rappers to shake a stick at
I ought to charge a tax for every weak rap I had to listen to
'Cause we've been makin' stacks like Stax Records
My squad, we got a pack
We never coming wack

To all you crab rappers, and hackers, and circuit-benders
Tweaked on Splenda
I take the cake, I stole the mould
The golden microphone, well that's mine to hold
And why all these biters all up in my crotchspace
Sniffin', buffin', huffin'
And mean muggin' with the Blimpie Bluffin
Back up off me, suckers! You ain't sayin' nothin'!

I broader than Broadway
I was the project hallway
Dual tape recorder
Lacing oratorials all day
I'm just gettin' started on this beat, this is foreplay
And when the song's finished, I can sing along with this
By the way, I have a strong fetish for Christian Louboutin steppers
I hear Russian blondes the wettest
But anyway I better pay homage to my fellas
And that's what's on my mind
And the rhyme, who's next up?

Mike D, the man of mystery
History in the making and now we're taking
Titles, awards, and accolades
Scare the competition as I sharpen my blades
We come together like peanut butter and sandwiches
Like pen and paper, like Picasso and canvases
Rockin' stadiums to shitty bars
Go back in time, send a fax from my car

One, two, three
Too many rappers and there's still not enough emcees
It goes three, two, one
MCA, Adrock, Mike D, that's how we get it done
Like ladies and gents, attention
Nas in the house with Beastie Boys
We can turn it out
Perpetrators, we can point 'em out
So if you got something on your mind, let it out

Keeping Adam Yauch in Our Thoughts


Photo by Ari Marcopoulos, from Pass the Mic: Beastie Boys 1991-1996

Adam Yauch will be undergoing surgery today to remove a cancerous growth. Let's all think about him and send positive, healing vibes his way. Here's some Best of Yauch for y'all to enjoy.
  1. Yauch, the prank mastermind [video]
  2. Yauch, fashion icon [photo]
    From Oh Snap! The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell
  3. If Yauch were a chicken... [mp3]
    From "Gratitude (Live at Budokan)" on Check Your Head (remastered edition)
  4. Yauch, the actor who can't keep a straight face [video]
    A scene from A Day in the Life of Nathanial Hörnblowér, directed by Adam Yauch
  5. Yauch, martial arts enthusiast [video]


Photo by Ricky Powell, from Oh Snap! The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell
  1. Yauch performs "The Update" live for the first time [video]
  2. Fun with fruit [photo]
    Photo taken during the Pageant Tour, published at Beastieboys.com
  3. Leader of goofy routines: "Bong-bong!" [mp3]
    From Live at Heineken Open'er Festival, June 30, 2007
  4. Dad and birthday boy [photo]
  5. Yauch as Bill Swenson, the Money Man [video]
    "Money makes you feel good."


  1. Yauch, the dog lover [video]
  2. Bunny slippers! [photo]
    From the "Body Movin'" video
  3. Yauch comments on who Beastie Boys fans are [mp3]
    From an interview with NPR Fresh Air, March 29, 2006
  4. Yauch in Oscilloscope Laboratories [photo]
  5. Buddhist buddies [photo]
    Yauch and the Dalai Lama


Photo by Ari Marcopoulos, originally published at Beastieboys.com
  1. Solo rapper [mp3]
    "Drum Machine," MCA and Burzootie
  2. Big-time movie director on the red carpet, with unidentified companions [photo]
  3. Emotive actor [photo]
    From the "Ch-Check It Out" video
  4. Yauch skateboards inside G-Son [video]
    From Rappin with the Rickster TV show
  5. Yauch with his "baby" [photo]
    From Oh Snap! The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell


Photo by Ricky Powell

Beastie Boys "Too Many Rappers" released


Photo by Xavier (via Twitpic)

Today is the official release date of the new Beastie Boys single "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas. An mp3 of the song is available to purchase and download at Amazon.com and iTunes. You can listen to a full stream of the song HERE.

Yay, nay, or what the hay? Share what you think of the new single in the comments.

Beastie Boys to reschedule album release and tour



Beastie Boys will be delaying the release of their forthcoming album and canceling all their upcoming performance dates due to Adam Yauch having a health issue, which he explains in the above video. On behalf of the fan community, we wish Yauch a speedy recovery and good health.

Possible Beastie Boys concert dates

Several concert dates for the Beastie Boys are now posted at Ticketmaster.com. Treat these dates as rumors until confirmed by an official source.

Sept 19 Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA (on sale 7/25)
Sept 20 Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA (on sale 7/25)
Sept 27 Red Rocks - Morrison, CO (on sale 7/18)*
Oct 8 Bayfront Park Amphitheater - Miami, FL

*Listing removed from Ticketmaster.com

First peek at "Too Many Rappers" video



It seems that Beastie Boys and Nas have made a video for "Too Many Rappers." The what, where, and when behind the video is a mystery. The above still is from the listing of the "Too Many Rappers" mp3 download at Amazon.com.

Beastie Boys add another festival performance

Beastie Boys will be headlining the San Diego Street Scene Festival, which takes place August 28 and 29. Tickets are available HERE. This festival announcement explains the mysterious booked date of August 29 on Mix Master Mike's schedule.

Beastie Boys 2009 tour plans


From Copelandentertainment.com

An update of Mix Master Mike's tour schedule reveals some clues about what the Beastie Boys 2009 tour plans will be. Clearly, the month of September has been reserved for the Beastie Boys tour of North America.

Most interesting is the booking on August 29, the day before the Beastie Boys will play the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. A betting person would put money on the Beastie Boys playing a club show in San Francisco or Los Angeles on August 29.

What the band will be doing in October is unknown--perhaps more shows in North America. In November, Beastie Boys will travel to Europe. Adam Horovitz confirmed the European tour plans when the Beastie Boys were doing a press tour in England, Germany, and France recently.