By Angus Batey
Files the increase of rap stars, The Beastie Boys, from their beginnings as a band in Greenwich Village big apple. It gains interviews with different hip hop stars resembling Run DMC and manufacturer Rick Rubin, information their outrageous way of life, and gives insights into the recording in their albums.
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He said, 'I'm Rick Rubin'. 50 I said, 'Yo! '" Braithwaite maintains that it was this aural sensibility that ensured groups like Run DMC - who, as natives of Queens, were unknowns among the Bronx hip-hop community - and the Beastie Boys were held in high esteem by their contemporaries, many of whom would have otherwise been dismissive of rappers who hadn't followed their own paths through the outdoor parties and on the stages of certain clubs where the music first emerged. The reactions of rap's veterans to the newcomers were almost uniformly positive, he maintains, because the sound of the records showed the old school pioneers that they weren't encountering another 5ugarhill-like manufactured exploitation scenario.
The important thing to understand is that the way they looked in the beginning was the way tough guys used to look," continues Braithwaite. "Classic hardrock, player kinda guys used to dress in those leather blazers, Godfather hats, those sneakers. But originally they [Run DMC] wanted to dress up like Flash and them, and they wanted to be like Rick James or Bootsy Collins 'cos that was the biggest groups at the time. But Russell - that was part of his genius - he said 'No'. " "They taught everyone the lessons of hip-hop," he remembers, encompassing both image and sound in his reappraisal of Run DMC's role.
It was, however, a peak they would eventually scale ("It's not even enough to say we're not homophobic," Mike D expounded to Alternative Press' Joe Clark in 1994. "You have to go the next step and say we're actually anti-homophobic and pro-gay. ' That's not how we live our lives"). Hindsight, though, is one of many things denied the mortal, and it's only really with its benefit that the fundamental flaw in the largely impeccable edifice the band had constructed could be seen. The only thing that could possibly go wrong for the Beastie Boys at this point in time, of course, was everything.