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Had another go at that beat above and changed the vibe a little
Been watching this documentary series and enjoying all the interviews they’ve got with artists explaining how it all went down, what they were trying to do, how they were received critically and by their peers etc., plus all the footage and images.
Halfway through season 3, just finished the Biggie/Pac era, and as the show is now deep in the ‘90s, I feel there’s been a glaring omission from the Def Jam/late ‘80s/early ‘90s episodes: The Beastie Boys. They got a passing mention, but simply as evidence of Rick Rubin’s eclectic tastes and production ethos (thinking back, nada about The Dust Brothers either).
I know it’s a black art form, but on a show that’s often been at pains to stress the importance of mainstream impact and white reaction (eg 20 minutes on Walk This Way, resulting in Run DMC breaking white audiences), no profiling of The Beasties? No interviews, no discussion of their impact? They were huge. They were hip-hop. I think they were widely accepted within the community, and if they weren’t (eg we heard the ‘underground scene’ dismissing DJ Hollywood as too disco), surely that’s worth discussing.
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