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It’s Halloween weekend! Get in!! So for this weeks weekend anthem who better than the Brooklyn boys that love a costume or two!?

Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide, not bad for 3 Jewish kids from Brooklyn, NY that started off as a hardcore punk group in 1979! They soon made the switched to hip hop and hooked up with Def Jam’s founder and CEO Rick Rubin. Beastie Boys released Cooky Puss and Rock Hard EP’s in 1984. Both creating a huge wave of admirers and setting up tours with Madonna, Run DMC and LL Cool J. Their next step would change hip hop and the world forever, Licensed To Ill (1986). Licensed To Ill was the first rap album to reach #1 in the Billboard charts and stayed there for 5 weeks! It also reached #2 in the Urban charts and was the best-selling rap album of the 80’s.

From Fight For Your Right to No sleep till Brooklyn to their newer tracks like Check It Out the ‘Beasties’ have been doing the business. I also love their creativeness in their interviews and videos. Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz always show they know how to have a laugh, not take life too serious and enjoy the moment.

First track up Sabotage (Vic Colfari aka Bobby ‘The Rookie’ was the inspiration for my Halloween costume this year).

Next up another Halloweenish style video Intergalactic.

Have fun whatever you get up to, just remember to check under that mask before making any decisions!

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New Release Tuesday

Royce Da 5’9 is back to help resurrect Hip-Hop music, one of my first loves.  His new CD album Street Hop has brought the creativeness and artistry back to this lyrical art form.

Ryan Montgomery also known as Royce Da 5’9 hails from the industrial automotive mecca, Detroit City and started rapping at the age of 18.  His rap style and lyrical approach is mainly influenced by Rass Kass and Redman.  In 1997 his manager introduced him to Eminem and the two formed a working relationship.

Royce Da 5′ 9 signed his first deal in 1998 with the label known as Tommy Boy Records and released his first album for them Rock City.  He left the label soon after and signed with Koch to release Rock City version 2 after his first album was heavily bootlegged.  In 2004, he released his second and most critically acclaimed album to date Death Is Certain.   Since then he has helped ghostwrite many lyrics for artists such as Jay-z, Dr. Dre & Eminem.  In 2005 he released his third solo album Independent’s Day, which did not reach the success his previous albums obtained.   After his release from jail in 2007, stemming from a DUI charge, he hit the studio hard and released material on various mix tapes.

Fast forward to October 20th, 2009 and the release of his 4th solo album Street Hop.  Now this album is fire people!  When I first heard this album I felt like I was 16 again listening to the pure essence of Hip Hop.  Royce Da 5’9 has teamed up with one the best producers in the game, DJ premier to produce engaging and illustrative songs.  The first single “Shake This”, produced by Premo shows raw emotion and talks about his struggles with alcoholism and his incarceration that have plagued him the past couple years.  His second single release labeled “Part of Me”, is an exotic love tale and unmistakably demonstrates his story telling skills.  The album is definitely a trip back to the Mecca of hip hop music.  I really enjoy almost every song on the album, but the cuts that portray the man behind the rapper are unquestionably the more intriguing ones.

If you love Hip-Hop and it’s art form this album is an essential one to have in your 2009 arsenal.

I couldn’t decide on just two tracks this week, so I leave you with one extra pick.

My top 3 songs are:

Shake This – Produced by DJ Premier

Part of Me – This music video is just as creative as the songwriting.  It’s definitely a treat and leaves you with an unexpected ending.

Something 2 Ride 2 – Produced by DJ Premier.  A vintage chill Hip-Hop song

I hope you enjoyed this weeks pick and please feel free to start a dialogue in our comments section!  I would love to talk to our readers and see what feedback they have to offer.

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