Long before my white rapper crushes on Eminem, Dirt Nasty & Riff Raff Sodmg I had major crushes on the Beastie Boys. As a nerdy (as some might have said) little 6th grader Amber Lane knew what was up and I knew the Beastie Boys were more then just Fighting for my Right to Party. They were fighting to change the world actually, and you know I like that.
I was hooked on the Beastie Boys as soon as I discovered who they were. I had their posters on my walls next to Barbie collection. I've always been a true Gemini & professional Dichotomist -- I never put myself in one box or label myself, just the the Beastie Boys. I even remember asking my mom to help make me a Beastie Boys tshirt with my favorite lyrics on it (although I probably never wore it to school because back in middle school people didn't get I could be smart AND cool).
My Beastie Boy obsession taught me a lot about pop culture (their references are second to none), rappin & rhyming (or rhyming & stealin), and being funky (and being a punk...)!
And let's be honest, when I could spit every single lyric on every Beastie Boys album I quite impressed the boys (I'm crafty). If you were rollin with me in my blue Honda Civic in High School there was a good chance I'd be bumping some BBoys (I mean if I wasn't spit tin my own WEAK rhymes).
You'll be missed Adam Yauch, but your rhymes & impact on Music & it's culture will be remembered forever.
Innovators never really die.
Thank you for your influence on my style, music choices, and the knowledge your lyrics taught me!!
If you're not already a Beastie Boy fan go do you yourself a favor and Spotify their Paul Boutique album. Genius at it's best, plus it's cheaper then a hot dog with no mustard!