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Story about three bad brothers you know so well: The tribute to MCA tributes

Story about three bad brothers you know so well: The tribute to MCA tributes

Last Friday the world was saddened at the news of the passing of Adam Yauch aka MCA. To borrow a line from their debut album “Licensed to Ill,” (be sure to watch their epic appearance on the Joan Rivers talk show in 1987 where she fumbles the name of this album) he was a member of “…three bad brothers, you know so well. It started way back in history, with Adrock, MCA, and me, Mike D.” Just 47 years old, Adam died of cancer, but not before leaving a huge footprint in the world of music, pop culture, Brooklyn and social justice, especially with the Tibetan independence movement. The tributes came pouring out soon after his death with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Mayor Bloomberg paying their respects on Twitter (that’s a couple you don’t usually see in the same room together).

"Sabotaging" ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

"Sabotaging" ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

JY CINEMASHUP – All the President’s Boys from Jeff Yorkes on Vimeo.

I can’t get enough of this “cinemashup” by Jeff Yorkes that re-edits scenes from ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN with the Beastie Boys punk-rap “Sabotage,” a song which Pitchfork argued: “Whyyyyyyyyy?!?” – surely the single greatest utterance of that word in the history of pop music. As an American political history junkie growing up (I know, I know. The ladies weren’t too impressed either) I was obsessed with this film, which starred Dustin Hoffman and our own Dear Leader around these parts, Robert Redford. Overlaid with the Beastie Boys’ aggressive song, the film’s already taut tone goes into overdrive. What seems so disparate on paper makes perfect sense when you watch the video, reinforced by the second line of the song that screamingly makes it such a natural fit for the film: “I’m gonna set it straight this Watergate.”

Beastie Boys and Sesame Street mash-up

Beastie Boys and Sesame Street mash-up

Sesame Street breaks it down from Wonderful Creative on Vimeo. Branding agency Wonderful Creative put together this “wonderful” mash-up of clips from Sesame Street so it appears as if the puppets are performing the funkadelic song, “Sure Shot,” by the Beastie Boys. My favorite part is the flute at the beginning. G is for Gangsta!…

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Amid the short films set to debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is on FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED, directed and written by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. Though information about the film is limited – “After the boys leave the party …” is the only description currently available — there are a several reasons…