Some of those records I sometimes fear will go completely forgotten and the appreciation for the accomplishment that is Paul's will somehow become diluted or overshadowed as music progresses (or regresses) into the future. Like, somehow, records are completely omitted from the encyclopedias. Some freakish glitch in the database or wrinkle in time. Then I hear that it's getting the "anniversary" treatment from Capitol. Like even if this entire music industry completely fizzles away, some dude in a dark corner in the Capitol offices says, "Wait, we gotta finally remaster Paul's," and then, somehow, I'm relieved to know that some cats out there still car. I heard the new release and, well, I'm not impressed. The record's dope as it is. What will remastering accomplish? Yeah, I know, it's quiet but that's what the volume knob is for, dummy. Stop tripping.
I guess I chose to celebrate Paul's contributions to hip hop by giving it The Root Down treatment. Full of breaks, B-sides and that good ol' Beastie sound, this mix clocks in at just under two hours. Put it on, cool out and enjoy the sounds of the Beasties. And, yes, the mix's cover art is the street corner that once featured a small clothing store called Paul's Boutique in NYC as featured on the original cover art.
Ya'll ain't even ready. I swear it. You ain't ready. But if you think you are...
This is one of those mixes that almost puts you in retirement. My lovely wife isn't talking to me. My dogs threatened suicide. I contemplated a crack habit. But I'm back. And, after listening to the album for the last three weeks as I worked on the mix, I can finally get back to my regularly scheduled program. What that is, I'm not sure, but there is one. Once this gets out there, I think I'm gonna take a couple of months off and get to some of the other items on the list. Maybe I'll do the sauerkraut next.
So here's your tracklist. Yes, they're all in there. And it lasts still under two hours. And if you think that's impressive, remember that it's only about half of what was originally used to make the album. Now give up on your stupid little career as the "next Dr. Dre." Get a day job sacking groceries, you pupil.
IDRIS MOHAMMED "LOREN'S DANCE"
BEASTIE BOYS "PAUL REVERE (INSTRUMENTAL)"
ROSE ROYCE "6 O'CLOCK DJ (LET'S ROCK)"
ALPHONSE MOUZON "FUNKY SNAKEFOOT"
BEASTIE BOYS "33% GOD"
FUNKY 4+1 "IT'S THE JOINT"
ROSE ROYCE & NORMAN WHITFIELD "YO YO"
BEASTIE BOYS "SHAKE YOUR RUMP"
BROTHERS JOHNSON "GET THE FUNK OUT MA FACE"
RONNIE LAWS "TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD"
PAUL MCCARTNEY "MOMMA MISS AMERICA"
DONNY HATHAWAY "MAGNIFICENT SANCTUARY BAND"
BEASTIE BOYS "JOHNNY RYALL"
DAVID BROMBERG "SHARON"
CURTIS MAYFIELD "SUPERFLY"
BEASTIE BOYS "EGG MAN"
LIGHTNING ROD "SPORT"
BERNARD HERMANN "A SUITE FOR STRINGS"
EAGLES "THOSE SHOES"
BEASTIE BOYS "HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER"
FATBACK BAND "PUT YOUR LOVE (IN MY TENDER CARE)"
BEATLES "WHEN I'M SIXTY FOUR"
BEASTIE BOYS "SOUNDS OF SCIENCE"
BEATLES "THE END"
DILLINGER "COCAINE IN MY BRAIN"
SLY AND FAMILY STONE "THE BRAVE AND THE STRONG"
BEASTIE BOYS "3 MINUTE RULE"
FANCY "FEEL GOOD"
KURTIS BLOW "PARTY TIME"
BEASTIE BOYS "DIS YOURSELF IN 89 (JUST DO IT)"
BAR-KAYS "HOLY GHOST"
BEASTIE BOYS "HEY LADIES"
CAMEO "SHAKE YOUR PANTS"
ZAPP AND ROGER "SO RUFF, SO TUFF"
INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND "LAST BONGO IN BELGIUM"
BEASTIE BOYS "LOOKING DOWN THE BARREL OF A GUN"
TROUBLE FUNK "DROP THE BOMB"
BEASTIE BOYS "CAR THIEF"
FUNK FACTORY "RIEN NE VA PLUS"
JACKSON FIVE "I'LL BET YOU"
GENE HARRIS "PUT ON TRAIN"
SLY AND FAMILY STONE "LOOSE BOOTY"
BEASTIE BOYS "AND WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET"
ROSE ROYCE "DO YOUR DANCE"
BEASTIE BOYS "SHADRACH"
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS "HOT AND NASTY"
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE "ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?"
BEASTIE BOYS "59 CHRISTIE STREET"
BURUNDI BLACK "BURUNDI BLACK"
BEASTIE BOYS "GET ON THE MIC"
SOUTHSIDE MOVEMENT "SAVE THE WORLD"
BEASTIE BOYS "CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A 3 WAY MIX"
BEASTIE BOYS "STOP THAT TRAIN"
SCOTTY "DRAW YOUR BRAKES"
ISLEY BROTHERS "THAT LADY"
BEASTIE BOYS "YEAR AND A DAY"
TOWER OF POWER "EBONY JAM"
BEASTIE BOYS "HELLO BROOKLYN"
BEASTIE BOYS "DROPPIN' NAMES"
CRUSADERS "WELL'S GONE DRY"
KOOL AND THE GANG "LET THE MUSIC TAKE YOUR MIND"
BEASTIE BOYS "LAY IT ON ME"
BEASTIE BOYS "MIKE ON THE MIC"
BEASTIE BOYS "A.W.O.L."
Now leave me alone. I'm going into hiding. Still have a few shirts left...$5 for hand delivery, $7 for those I have to ship. Yep, that's cheap because I watch the news and that's what they say works these days.