You gotta fight for your right to hear new Beastie Boys music, apparently.
In a new interview with Stretch and Bobbito, surviving Beastie Boys members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Mike "Mike D" Diamond talk about the upcoming Beastie Boys book, as well as their seemingly endless archives of unreleased music.
“There's a lot, like any band, but probably actually more so than a lot of bands because we spent a lot of time in the studio,” Mike D said. “We also smoke a lot of pot. There's a lot of stuff made that might not have been as good or focused as it should have been.”
“Basically what he's saying is we had a studio in L.A. for a few years and we would go there every day and play music,” Ad Rock added. “And so we would record everything ... everything. So we have like a hundred hours of like stoner jams. And in between those is like you can hear us playing basketball or you can hear someone playing guitar with people playing basketball or someone ordering food while the other people are talking about other stuff and it's just hours and hours of music and bullshitting. At some point, we're going to put that out somewhere.”
“I guess the point is there's a lot of stuff that hasn't been released that at some point could,” Mike amends. “But you know it's not like there's any plan in terms of that.”
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Perhaps the operative question is: Who is looking for new Beastie Boys music?
A tad callous, the presumed quality of new Beasties material rests on another question: When was it recorded?
If these records are solely in the vault because they are disorganized products of smoke sessions as Ad Rock suggested, maybe it is better they stay locked up. On the other hand, if the business side of the industry is keeping potentially some of the best Beastie Boys records at bay, then bring them on, guys.
The Beastie Boys are in a unique place with their legacy. Even if their rougher unreleased material dropped, it would hardly be a stone thrown at the immense impact they’ve had on hip-hop. Most listeners would approach the music with an understanding ear, to say the least. In the event that the music is a smash, well, all the more power to the Beastie Boys and Jewish rap fans everywhere.
It’s a win-win. Bring on the tunes.
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