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Slow & Low

When RUN-DMC were recording their King of Rock album we had the good fortune of being around because we shared the same manager. They were amazing. I remember being in the studio while they were recording vocals for one of their songs, and being dumbfounded by how incredible they were. Anyway, when they finished the record and sequenced it they decided to leave off one of our favorite songs. It was called, “Slow and Low.” I remember rifling through Russell Simmons' desk one day when he was out and finding a cassette of it, and then secretly copying it so that I could have it to listen to…

Later as we were working on Licensed to Ill, we asked them if we could do a cover of it. We made new music but kept most of their lyrics. In fact the only lines we changed were: “D sees real well ‘cause he has four eyes” to “White Castle fries only come in one size,” and “RUN-DMC not Cheech and Chong” to “Beastie Boys not Cheech and Chong.” I wish I still had that tape of their version…

Adam Yauch, in the liner notes/(book) for Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science.

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