Beastie Boys – Sure Shot Great Teacher Remix Music Video
Five years ago today (May 4, 2012), the world was shocked to learn of the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch. It’s a loss that Hip-Hop still mourns a lot. The Beastie Boys co-founder has made an impact on life on and off the mic, across all mediums. However, from Tibetan Freedom concerts and film production companies to other causes and ventures, MCA has always remained an MC in its essence. Despite four No.1 albums (including one that achieved diamond certification after Yauch’s death), he, Mike D and Ad Rock have remained connected to the current hip-hop landscape.
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In 1994, the Beastie Boys were back at the top of the pack. Bad communication, released in May of the same year, would position the New York trio in a practical and equitable manner between hip-hop and punk rock. As bands like Green Day and Offspring neared the mainstream skyline, the Beasties subtly asserted their place as Punkers dating back to pre-Def Jam times. Even with guitars, screams, and an evolved sense of style, they were mic rockers too, with nearly a decade in the limelight.
The “sabotage” would start the campaign in January for “the green band”. With an unforgettable video directed by Spike Jonze, the trio slipped through the hoods of police cars and rock stations to Pop-Rap playlists. The follow-up single “Get It Together” merged Beasties with A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip. It was pure underground hip-hop, at a time when the term was not trivial. These MCs burst out raps, basement-style, in what felt like a well-produced freestyle. Including DITC’s Buckwild on an official remix (released six months before OC Word … Life besides), the third look of Bad communication was “Sure Shot”.
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Here, the Beasties reminded Heads that even though they were Punk OGs from the Downtown scene and could do some blunt ’90s raps, they were still from the early’ 80s rap era. With delivery and modern content, the Beasties got their point across in a format that was prevalent in the days when they traded guitars for turntables. The song also featured one of the best verses of Adam Yauch’s career:
“I want to say a little something that is long overdue / The disrespect for women must be ended / To all mothers and sisters and wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect until the end / Well you say i’m in my twenties and i should be slack / but i’m working harder than ever and you couldall that mackin ‘/ So I’m supposed to sit on my couch watching my TV / I always listen to wax, I don’t use the CD / I’m that kid in the corner / Fucked up and so I wanna I go / Take a piece of the cake, why not I keep on going / I think I’ll change my style just to fit / I keep my underwear with a piece of elastic / I use a microphone plastic shit / To send my rhymes to all nations / Like my bell, I have communication problems.”
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Plus, when the Boys released the maxi-single in June 1994, they got the “bad” remix from today’s hottest hip-hop producer: The Large Professor. It was another connection between the Beasties and the Queens, a sound genius from New York (after The Abstract). Extra P, a deep student of the game, threw a tight drum and bass arrangement on the track to make the communications sound “illmatic.”
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#BonusBeat: The video mix to the original:
In both videos, DJ Hurricane (a longtime member of the band and Grand Royal Records, as well as a part of The Afros) played a leading role.