You can't dis me, it ain't worth it, B
You put yourself down and you don't even see
Cause I don't play that,

from Beastie Boys – The Scoop Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

On the day of MCA’s death (May 4, 2012), Anthony DeCurtis dug out this Q&A with Adam Yauch from the 5/28/1998 issue of Rolling Stone

RS: It’s one thing to learn about spirituality in Nepal, quite another to be a practicing Buddhist in New York. How does where you live affect your spiritual life?
MCA: It’s tricky, because New Yorkers have a real tendency to be cynical – especially about things like religion. In a way it’s warranted, because a lot of people just put forward a lot of selfishness under the guise of religion, and it makes people here skeptical. But people in New York have a tendency to make fun of everything, and that’s just a way of keeping their distance from things. I think it was when I was first out in L.A. that I started researching different religions. And I was very shy about it at first. Now I feel perfectly fine with it here in New York because I don’t really care if somebody makes fun of me. I’m not afraid of what people might think.

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