Jim Shearer interviewing the Beastie Boys in 2004 for MTV's "Live to the 5 Boroughs" special.
As a teenager in high school—one who obsessed over music and the Beastie Boys (not necessarily in that order)—I began to seriously think about what I’d do for a career when I got older. As stupid and/or as awesome as it sounds now, I chose my future profession based solely on getting to meet the Beastie Boys.
I figured being an on-air VJ was my best shot.
In late 2001, my high school aspirations didn’t seem so lofty when I began hosting music video segments for MTV2. In 2003, the dream was in reach as I was scheduled to interview the Beastie Boys at the Field Day Music Festival.
Long story short, certain residents of Long Island protested, the promoters could not secure a permit, and the festival was moved up a day and a state away, inside of Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Sadly, my brother’s wedding was on the same day and I missed making my teenage dream a reality.
Fortunately, a year later the Beastie Boys were on the verge of releasing their new album, To The Five Boroughs, and had signed on to do an MTV2 $2 Bill concert in Las Vegas, which was going to be hosted by guess who?
Long gone are the days everyone waited for an official statement from celebrities’ publicists. With social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, celebrities can use 140 characters to instantly send a message for anyone to see. Today, the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys is a tremendous loss to music. With the impact MCA made in music, it was inevitable celebrities would tweet their condolences as they, too, mourn with the rest of the world. Celebrities who honored Yauch via Twitter ran the gamut of everyone from Jonah Hill to Q-Tip to Cypress Hill. Judging by his peers, MCA was a well respected musician, father, husband and human being. We’re happy these stars decided to share.
Earlier today, we passed along the unfortunate news of the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the co-founders of the Beastie Boys. MCA’s mastery rhyme pattern, gravelly voice and bad boy edge is what made him a legendary MC; even though he is gone, there’s no denying that he has left an indelible imprint in hip-hop forever. The Beastie Boys’ catalog of classic tracks are too numerous to list out, and and the same goes for MCA’s best verses. It was hard to choose, but we’ve narrowed down Adam Yauch’s most unforgettable rhymes into this Top 10 List of the Best Verses of MCA’s Career.
1. “Sure Shot” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“I Want To Say a Little Something That’s Long Overdue / The Disrespect To Women Has Got To Be Through / To All The Mothers And Sisters And the Wives And Friends / I Want To Offer My Love And Respect To The End.”
2. “Intergalatic” (Hello Nasty, 1998)
“If you try to knock me you’ll get mocked/I’ll stir fry you in my wok/Your knees’ll start shaking and your fingers pop / Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock.”
3. “Pass the Mic” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“If you can feel what I’m feeling then it’s a Musical masterpiece/ But if you can ear what I’m dealing with then that’s cool at least/ What’s running through my mind comes through in my walk true/ Feelings are shown from the way that I talk/ And this is me, y’all/I M.C., y’all/ My name Is M.C.A. and I still do what I please and/ Now I’d Like to introduce I’ll pass the mic to D. for a fist full of truth.”
Terrible news to pass along. We’re getting word that Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the three members of the Beastie Boys, has passed away at the age of 47 years old. Yauch had been fighting cancer since a diagnosis in 2009, and it appears that the terrible disease got the best of him today.
The Beastie Boys began their career in the late 1970s as punk group playing hardcore thrash music in underground clubs in New York City, but when they teamed up with NYU student Rick Rubin circa 1984, they began experimenting with the fledgling sounds of hip-hop. Nobody quite understood the group’s potential at the time, but by the time 1986 rolled around, thanks to the Beastie Boys’ good looks, dangerous-yet-radio-ready rhymes and the trademark Def Jam sound that fused classic rock riffs with huge breakbeats, the threesome — Adam “MCA” Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz— became breakout superstars with the release of Licensed To Ill.
From the outset, Adam “MCA” Yauch’s distinctive, gravelly voice was the element that prevented the Beasties from being viewed at the outset purely as a cartoon-y, novelty “white rapper” act. Both Ad-Rock and Mike D had slightly nasally voices, but MCA —the eldest Beastie— provided the group an air of machismo and danger. “Born and bred Brooklyn U.S.A. / They all me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A.,” he sang in “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” as a formal introduction to his character. “Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon / I sip the def ale with all the fly women.”
Jennifer Lopez has come a long way from the self-proclaimed Jenny on the block, or Fly Girl from “In Living Color.” She teams up with reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel in the action packed video for “Follow the Leader” directed by her 25-year-old boyfriend Casper Smart. And every last one of them turn the heat all the way up! The 42-year-old mother of twins still got “it,” evident by her incredible athleticism as she runs through Acapulco, Mexico. Her acting chops are nothing to snuff at either. From hopping over a pickup truck, jumping through a window feet first, swinging from stairwell bars and jumping from roof to roof eventually escaping the guys chasing her, J. Lo knows how to make even the action shots look hot.
J. Lo oozes sexy without much effort. She enticingly sings, “I’ll make you lose your cabezo.” Not to mention she’s topless with fake tattoos around her neck and mid-back. Both Wisin & Yandel elevate the flavor with their beautiful Spanish verses. The reggae, dance pop song explodes on the screen because of its up tempo sound and high energy video. The video is only a glimpse of what’s to come from these three because this summer J.Lo co-headlines a summer tour beginning July 14 with Enrique Inglesias, and Wisin and Yandel are the openers. How’s that for some summer heat!
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Last week I saw Jack White perform live at Webster Hall (New York City), and throughout the concert one word came to mind (fittingly in all capital letters): FASCINATING.
In the age of social media and TMZ, where nothing is a secret anymore, how can one of today’s most respected/popular musicians—one who just scored a #1 album—manage to keep his mystique as alluring as a leprechaun riding bareback on a unicorn?
The Dos Equis man may claim to be the “most interesting person in the world,” but Jack White is currently the most fascinating man in music.
Here are 10 reasons why:
10. Divorce Party
When Jack White divorced his model/singer wife Karen Elson, not only did they do so amicably, but they threw a party to celebrate. Invitations were even made for the event billing it as a “humdinger.”
9. Ice, Ice Baby
While many musicians make public their sports allegiances, it’s not known if Jack White even likes sports. Nashville’s professional hockey team the Predators are currently still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now that he calls Nashville home, I wonder if Jack White ever goes to a game, wears a replica jersey, or checks the box-score in the morning paper? (I also wonder if he’s sad that his hometown Detroit Red Wings were knocked out by the Predators in the first round?)
By now we understand Kanye West is not one to sit down and pour out his soul to the press (we get it Ye, you hate the press). What the uncensored and outspoken rapper will do is hit the studio to pump out G.O.O.D. Music tracks that address anything he deems worthy. In his new song “I Don’t Like” (featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss), which is a remix of Chicago rapper Chief Keef‘s single, Kanye fires back against the allegations that he got physical with his ex.
Rumors spread quickly after In Touch magazine reported that a close friend of Alexis Phifer, Ye’s ex-fiancee, witnessed a physical altercation where he allegedly pushed Phifer into the bushes. In an April story, an anonymous source told the mag that “They went outside, and Kanye pushed Alexis into some bushes with all his force. She was wearing a T-shirt and she got cuts and scratches everywhere and was bleeding. She was crying. But he just left her there. He got in his car and drove away.” Apparently privy to the rumors, Kanye uses his verse as an opportune time to shut the allegations down: “The media crucify me like they did Christ. They wanna find me not breathing like they found Mike,” he spits. “A girl will run her mouth only out of spite. But I never hit a woman, never in my life.”
The All-American Rejects are one of the most successful power pop bands to emerge since the dawn of the new millenium. They have had three singles— “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along,” and “Gives You Hell”— cross the 2 million downloads plateau, and their most recent single, “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” is performing quite nicely, too.
Lead singer Tyson Ritter and lead guitarist Nick Wheeler sat down with our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer recently for the latest installment in our long running Happy Hour series (brought to you by our friends at Chili’s). In it, the gents talk about Tyson’s “I am a golden god!” moment, taking on Michael Bublé for the title of King of the Crooners, and meeting Tom Cruise at a NASCAR event, among other things. ENJOY!
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Justin Bieber‘s new single, “Boyfriend,” is currently sitting in the No. 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100. The teenage heartthrob finds himself in an awkward position, with his protégé Carly Rae Jepsen AND UK boy band bad boys The Wanted all sitting above him on the charts. A few years back, he had the screaming teenage girl marketplace all to himself, but now that he’s getting to release his sophomore album, Believe, in June, he’s got some competish. Not that’s he’s sweating it in the slightest.
“Boyfriend” is a decidedly more adult song than the material that appeared on My World, and the video for the song reflects Bieber’s new manly passions; namely, cool cars and hot chicks (though no sign of Selena Gomez). Set to the subtle strains of Ying Yang Twins style whistling, the video for the Mike Posner produced jawn takes place on a rooftop of what appears to be a parking garage. You see, the Biebs sort of serves as a Pied Piper kind of figure in the video, a dude who is compelling enough to attract hundreds of hotties (both guys and gals) to a parking lot that lacks any exciting features or scenic views, but also one that is too cool to do much more than nibble on some necks and strum his acoustic guitar. Sure, he dances a little bit, too, but he’s not exactly Timberlaking it up here or anything. Rather, he seems content to let the action come to him, which is his prerogative of course, but also seems to be a little bit lazy for someone who is comparing himself to Buzz Lightyear?
For each and every show that airs on VH1, a team of music supervisors here at the network have spent countless hours determining exactly what pieces of music best complement the footage that we have shot. This team—the CMI (Creative Music Integration) group—listen to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Mob Wives and Basketball Wives, so we thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into their world.
Each month, we’ll put together a list of all the songs that have been featured on the programs and promos that you see on VH1, which will be accompanied by two things: Specific commentary from the music supervisor as to why they selected a particular song for a particular scene in a show, as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample these songs. Without further ado, here are all the songs that we featured on VH1 during the month of April!
VH1 SHOWS PLAYLIST: APRIL 2012
(Listen to the playlist on Spotify)
B.o.B “So Good” in Single Ladies Promo