The Beastie Boys are much more than a footnote in the history of Hip-Hop. They were the entry point to Hip-Hop for many people who didn’t necessarily identify with the movement’s urban underpinnings family stretches across many sectors of a broad spectrum and the Beastie Boys’ post punk rock elements and unabashed fun approach is a major reason why many of those sectors exists.
Last week’s loss of Adam Yauch was a tragedy, not only for the legion of fans that the Beasties have accumulated over the years, but also to those aspiring musicians that go against the grain but still keep hope that the world will accept their musical vision. If nothing else, the band was a lesson in remaining true to yourself even in a genre that runs counter to who you are.
Atlantic City band Easy Does It is one such group. The boys are a motley crew of dudes who were so moved by Yauch’s death they did a cover of the Beastie Boys classic “Fight For Your Right.” They infuse the track with their own individual energy and thankfully don’t try to ape the Beasties’ original he visuals have Easy Does It dressed as different incarnations of the Beasties from their various videos with a pretty dope rendition of the song. Check it out. Stay original, and Rest In Peace Adam Yauch. Because you, people will continue to fight for the right to be themselves. Peace.
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