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Roots & Influences - The World of Beastie Boys

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Run-DMC  Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)   buy on itunes
Bad Brains  Pay to Cum   buy on itunes
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five  The Message   buy on itunes
The Misfits  Attitude (1995 Remaster)   buy on itunes
Led Zeppelin  When the Levee Breaks   buy on itunes
James Brown  Funky President (People It's Bad)   buy on itunes
T-L.A. Rock & Jazzy Jay  It's Yours   buy on itunes
Dennis Coffey  Scorpio   buy on itunes
The Clash  The Magnificent Seven   buy on itunes
Willie Bobo  Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries   buy on itunes
Black Flag  Six Pack   buy on itunes
Kurtis Blow  The Breaks   buy on itunes
Mantronix  Fresh Is the Word   buy on itunes
The Sugarhill Gang  Rapper's Delight   buy on itunes
Lee "Scratch" Perry  Soul Fire   buy on itunes
Busy Bee  Making Cash Money   buy on itunes
Schoolly D  P.S.K. What Does It Mean?   buy on itunes
Kool & the Gang  Who's Gonna Take the Weight?   buy on itunes
Ultramagnetic MC's  Ego Trippin' (Original 12 Version)   buy on itunes
The Slits  Typical Girls   buy on itunes
Funkadelic  Can You Get to That   buy on itunes
Lee Dorsey  Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)   buy on itunes
Minor Threat  In My Eyes   buy on itunes
The Meters  Cissy Strut   buy on itunes

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The Beastie Boys came up smack-dab in the middle of an explosion — '70s New York City, a 14-mile stretch encompassing the births of hip-hop, disco, and punk, not to mention an art scene that was the very definition of cutting-edge cool. But they strayed way outside the five boroughs to gather their colossal crateful of roots. Consider John Bonham's skins-slamming intro to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," which lays down a Brit-bred backbeat for Licensed to Ill's "Rhymin' and Stealin'". When the Beasties throw down the lyric "Just strutting like the Meters with the look-ka py py" on "Root Down," they're tipping their caps to the Crescent City's funk-soul brothers, who were never funkier, or more soulful, than on "Cissy Strut." And maybe nothing gets to the birth of the Boys like their hardcore roots, and nothing we can think of is more hardcore than Bad Brains (and few people are more hardcore in their Bad Brains fandom than MCA, who produced the group's 2007 comeback album, Build a Nation.) From The Clash to Grandmaster Flash, the Big Apple's favorite sons raided across oceans and eras to craft a sound as revolutionary as the scenes that spawned them.
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