Re-Licensed to Ill
As they seem to do every five years or so, The Beastie Boys have returned to the music world, just in time to provide a lesson to next-generation Pop tarts on how to have a long, successful career in music without sacrificing creative progress or integrity. In advance of the forthcoming Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (due Tuesday), the unlikely Rap icons released a short film with more A-list celebrities than Elton John’s Oscar party. Fight For Your Right RevisitedThree Stooges-meets-Mr. Show avant-slapstick, one of the trio’s trademarks. The film, written by the group’s Adam Yauch, picks up where the party in the original “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” video ended. Shot and written like a silly surrealistic dream, the biggest reference to the Beasties’ career is in the running, over-the-top debauchery of the Beastie characters (played by actors) amidst a cast of some of the biggest celebrities in the universe. As in real life, the Beasties do what they want, even if they are moving in the same circles as the Hollywood elite. hilariously encapsulates the Beasties’ wild, improbable career in its
Vote For Me and I’ll Sex You Free
Politicians will do anything they can get away with to get elected.
Bay Area Hip Hop up-and-comer Lil B recently made
headlines when he announced from the stage at the Coachella festival
that his next album would be titled I’m Gay. It’s easy to see why
it caught a lot of attention — Hip Hop has been dogged with accusations
of homophobia for years and some artists are inflexible in their views
on the gay lifestyle, so it’s a bit like entering a lion’s den wearing
Lady Gaga’s meat dress. It was a brave thing for Lil B to do; though he
isn’t gay himself, he’s using the attention given to his controversial
title to open dialog about homophobia and bigotry between Hip Hop fans.
It might have one day been seen as a crowning moment in the evolution of
attitudes towards homosexuals, which, with each generation, become more
positive and accepting. Unfortunately, the MC’s noble gesture was
largely met with silence from his Hip Hop peers and made some people so
furious they sent him death threats. We’ve come a long way, baby … and
we’ve got a long way to go still.