(Note: I prepared this post on Sunday night. By Monday, I think most music fans heard the news that Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland, forcing the Beasties to cancel tour dates and push back their album release. Yauch will need surgery, but the cancer apparently is treatable. So here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.)
Thanks to Spine Magazine for offering up what I still contend to be one of the more unlikely collaborations â€“ and, yet, Beastie Boys and Nas pull this off rather splendidly.
Nobody will ever crown the Beasties the best lyricists around, but MCA, especially, sounds somewhat revitalized: “I ought to charge a tax for every weak rap.” (Hey, it’s good for the Beastie Boys.)
Too Many Rappers will be on the forthcoming Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1
, due out Sept. 15.
Yauch’s announcement about his cancer diagnosis:
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