Well everybody's rapping like it's a commercial
Actin' like life is a big commercial
Pass the Mic by Beastie Boys 2

Thanks to evann for recognizing that the 2nd line was supposed to be: “Acting' like life is a big rehearsal.” Nate Patrin’s April 14, 2009 review of the CYH: Deluxe Edition for Pitchfork is pretty harsh, but makes some interesting points:

Well, if you look at it in terms of what they lost from their previous two albums, the biggest thing going against Check Your Head is its strange lack of the smart-assed, literate, quick-witted playfulness that had previously informed their lyrics. Never mind its most infamously-quotable lyric, from “Pass the Mic”— “Everybody’s rappin' like it’s a commercial/ Actin' like life is a big commercial,” which was supposed to rhyme “rehearsal” instead and got left in as a joke at Mike D’s expense.

LifeIt’s not a commercial

Stop Posing

source: drusyc

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Santigold Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win by Beastie Boys (Ft. Neal Usatin & Santigold)

This was Santigold’s reaction to the death of Adam Yauch:

“Though I’ve been a fan of The Beastie Boys since I was 12-years old (there is a lost tape of me performing "Fight For Your Right to Party” with my friends at the mall), I got to know Adam when I had the opportunity to work with The Beastie Boys on the song “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” for the Hot Sauce Committee Part Two album. Adam was what I call an instant friend. He was someone whose warmth, honesty, and generosity were felt immediately. As an artist, he is a legend. He is the kind of artist I’ve always aspired to be like. He was the epitome of a new kind of cool, he was hilarious, a visionary, talented on so many different levels from music to film. He was socially conscious, spiritually aware, an activist, and he was always humble and down to earth. It was such an honor to have known him, and I will miss him. This is such a monumental loss, not just for the music and film communities, but for the whole world."

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Raised on the LES, Manhattan Island Do It by Beastie Boys (Ft. Biz Markie & Mark Nishita)

Yauch’s mom, Frances, hails from the Lower East Side, often abbreviated as LES. In the southeastern borough of Manhattan, it is roughly bounded by these streets: Allen, East Houston, Essex, Canal, Eldridge, East Broadway, & Grand…

Traditionally it’s been an immigrant, working-class neighborhood. Since 2005, however, the Lower East Side has undergone rapid gentrification, becoming home to dining establishments and boutiques along Clinton St.

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You better think twice before you start flossin'
I been in your bathroom often
Crawlspace by Beastie Boys (Ft. Mix Master Mike)

Flossin' = to present oneself in the most ostentatious manner possible. “Think how you look in the mirror when you are flossing your teeth — you are trying to show your teeth to get at the plaque. Originally ‘invented’ in the New Orleans projects and popularized by the Cash Money Brothers, namely Juvenile,” the term connotes a wide grin, showing one’s grill, as if to floss. It typically entails showing off a luxurious lifestyle via bling, fashionable clothing, 20" rims, and the trappings of rap subcultures.

source: MomYoureJustJealousItsTheBeastieBoys

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Leave you broke in a comatose state of mind The Scoop by Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys lyrics will knock you out like this poor bastard…

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Pass me an iron and I'll bust a chip shot
Then you throw me off the green because I'm strictly hip-hop
I'll grab the tee, I'll tee off
I'll grab the golf clubs
B Boys Makin' With the Freak Freak by Beastie Boys

Just because they rock urban styles, don’t pigeonhole the Boys. They know their way around the links.

Above, Beastie Boys, Talib Kweli, and Kanye for Complex cover shoot in 2004
Credit: waxinandmilkin.com

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*Oh, what'ch'you...what are you sayin?* Ch-Check It Out by Beastie Boys

From “The O.J. Chronicles,” an episode of The Joe Frank Show by Joe Frank and David Cross

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Yeah
Look-lookin'-look-look-look-look-lookin' at my Gucci, it's about that time
Lookin' at my gucci, it's about that time
Time to Get Ill by Beastie Boys

Sample of “Gucci Time,” by Philadelphia’s own, Jesse B. Weaver, Jr. (b. 6/22/1962), aka Schoolly D. The track appeared on Schoolly’s 1986 eponymous debut. Schoolly D has been a frequent collaborator of film director, Abel Ferrara, on seminal flicks like 1990’s, King of New York.

Washington DC, Spring 1986
source: Ricky Powell via rockpaperphoto

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Smoking that dust at St. Anthony's Feast Car Thief by Beastie Boys

In NYC, St. Anthony’s Feast is a three-day festival in June—featuring Italian food, parades, religious services, live music and games—in Little Italy in the Bronx and SoHo.

In Boston, since 1919, it’s a festival on the North End to honor the patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy on the weekend of the last Sunday of August.

source: Beastie Boys Video Page

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Monkey and parties and reelin' and rockin' Brass Monkey by Beastie Boys

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