52 IN 52

The 52 Albums that define my love for music

Week 18/Album 18

Who: Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

When: 1989-90ish

Why:  I was already a big fan of the Beastie Boys by the time "Paul's Boutique" came out. I owned the "Licensed to Ill" tape, and loved it but I remember seeing an ad in the paper for "Paul's Boutique" when it came out and saved my allowance to buy it (with 2 other tapes, which are coming") in 1990.  From the day I first listened to this tape, I loved it so much more than "License". It was funnier, had more grooves, had all sorts of different parts of songs that I had never heard up until that point.  This record introduced me to the hip-hop I would end up loving growing up, and the Sounds of Science is still one of my favorite songs ever.

Where: Saw the Beasties a couple times, but nothing will ever compare to a front row spot in 1997 at the CSU Convocation Center with A Tribe Called Quest. One of the best shows I've ever seen. Top 3 in my life.

Maybe one of the best videos ever made

There is no denying how much impact the Beastie Boys had on me, and just about everyone else I know. They revolutionized themselves time after time, and always stayed true to what they really were. Their first 4 albums are legendary.  I probably had this tape for 5 years before I started to understand its complexity. It bounces up and down the entire record, and there are so many samples that figuring them all out was a fun game in itself (thanks to the Production of the Dust Brothers, and now you can see all the samples on WIKI).  I dont think I know a single person that ever said "I don't like the Beastie Boys".  Sure, sometimes their raps became monotonous and straight up cheesy, but thats what they did best, and thats why everyone loved them. They are, and always will be one of the pioneers of Rap music, and probably in the top 5 of most influential musicians to me.

When I say dozen, you know what I'm talking about boyyeeee!

I had the pleasure of meeting Ad-Rock on the Upper West side of Manhattan in 2012. Had a brief conversation with him about the Rock Hall and  MCA right after they were inducted, and he passed away, respectively.  I don't think I've ever been more star struck in my life. After listening to someone's music for 25 plus years you grow a bond to the artist, and meeting Adam was a highlight of my life, and a memory I will cherish forever.  The Beastie Boys are (for the most part) just a memory now, and that is very sad, but their contributions will live on forever.