Playlist: Five of the Beastie Boys' best NYC rhymes
Tributes to the late, great MCA abound this weekend; honor the man by listening to five of the Beastie Boys' best NYC songs.
Fri May 3 2013
Photograph: Courtesy of Nasty Little Man
It was one year ago this weekend that Adam Yauch passed away, and the Beastie Boy is still very much missed. But there are a few ways to pay homage to MCA this weekend, if you're so inclined. Today, Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights will be renamed for Yauch, who grew up in the neighborhood. And tomorrow, Gowanus venue Littlefield will host MCA Day, a tribute event featuring break-dancers, DJs, street art and more.
Yauch was one of New York City's great artists, and the Beasties will forever be linked to the city; in honor of MCA, we've compiled a few of our favorite Beastie Boys songs with memorable NYC rhymes. (How hard was it to choose these? Very hard—the dudes have so many great songs that mention their hometown.)
5. "Hey Fuck You," from To the 5 Boroughs (2004)
Key lyrics: "Kings County is my stomping ground / The Albee Square Mall / Brooklyn, Downtown"
4. "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," from Licensed to Ill (1986)
Key lyrics: "Born and bred in Brooklyn / the USA / they call me Adam Yauch / but I'm MCA"
3. "Root Down," from Ill Communication (1994)
Key lyrics: "Every morning took the train to High Street station / Doing homework on the train, what a fucked up situation / On the way back up hearing battle tapes / through the underground, underneath the skyscrapes"
2. "An Open Letter to NYC," from To the 5 Boroughs (2004)
Key lyrics: "Dear New York / this is a love letter / to you and how you brought us together / We can't say enough about all you do / 'Cause in the city we're ourselves / and electric too"
1. "B-Boy Bouillabaisse," from Paul's Boutique (1989)
Key lyrics (from "Hello Brooklyn): "New York, New York / it's a hell of a town / the Bronx is up / and I'm Brooklyn down"