Beastie Book: New York’s Rhymeslayers Embark on Time

So check it, The New York Times reported it and we’re confirming it. Mass Appeals’ own Sacha Jenkins, in true journalistic spirit (and, no not just limited to Hip-Hop), is indeed on board for the official Beastie Boys memoir set to release in 2015. The project will cover the trio from as far back as their Hardcore days and beyond, highlighting the multi-faceted imprint on creative culture and instigation–something that we’re bent on championing. But enough about us, we’ll let SHR pick up the mic and give readers a sneak into what’s coming.


The Beastie Boys have been around for a long time. They’re still here, actually. Their
cultural, musical and social influence is heavy. Still resonates.

This scribe has written about the Beastie Boys in the past. I once got to interview
them for Vibe; I rolled down to San Antonio, Texas, where they had a show—this
was like in ’98 or something. We got to play basketball before their gig. I was all up
in the Spurs’ locker room like my last name was Duncan. Pretty cool.

Before that, I’d met Mike D through a friend who was signed to Grand Royal, the
Beastie’s label. Mike had a Star Tac phone and this was like, before anybody else had
it. The phone literally looked like something out of Star Trek. It was like “oh, shit!
Mike D is doing it!” And Yauch, I’d met him through that same friend. Yauch was a
huge Bad Brains fan, and I’d finally met someone who might have been a bigger fan
than me. He put me up on demos and unreleased jewels that would blow my mind.

Speaking of Bad Brains, the Beastie Boys were a hardcore punk band before they
broke big in the rap game, and they would return to those roots later on down the
line. I’m a fan of the style of hardcore they played—very specific to early ‘80s New
York City. If you’re into bands like Regan Youth, The Mob, Cause For Alarm, Agnostic
Front and Urban Waste, the Beastie Boys of back then is for you. There’s something
very powerful about hardcore music and the scene surrounding it. Hardcore was
about people just getting up and making it happen. Pick up a guitar and start
screaming shit. Funny thing is, hip hop was the same way, only people messed with
turntables instead of guitars. The thing is, the Beasties discovered this synergy early
on. They understood that punk and hip hop were cousins. The energy, the spirit. The
spiritual transformation that came along with it. Being able to stand up in front of
your peers and say something—weather it was politically charged, weather it was
jokes and fun and games. And evolve in the process. Get better through the act of
acting on it.

There’s so much more to it than that but I’m gonna hold off. The New York Times just
reported that I’m working on a book with the Beastie Boys. See y’all come Fall 2015.

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