I’ve honestly never been a Beastie Boys fan at all besides the occasional few tracks that I do like, but that doesn’t mean that I disregard their relevance in music history and culture during their peak.
The Beastie Boys allowed hip-hop culture to be more accessible to suburban kids who, for lack of better words, otherwise probably wouldn’t have been interested the predominantly black culture and style of music. It’s so interesting to think that. In a podcast, Rick Rubin goes on to say that Run DMC very sagaciously chose Aerosmith’s Walk This Way as the sample for their track of the same name. It drew some Aerosmith fans into the song as there was the familiar chords and aggression mixed with the new style of hip-hop where Run DMC is rapping over the beat.
Rubin also went on to say that The Beastie Boys seemed more well received than Run DMC because of their skin color, which ultimately sort of invited suburban kids to listen to this “new” style of music.
Discussion of Johnny Cash begins and narrative of how Rick Rubin heard Mercy Seat by Nick Cave and knew Johnny had to sing it is very interesting. It’s insane how Rubin has mastered all genres. He is so soft spoken, and very well spoken. He sounds very intelligent and poised even when talking about punk music and things like that.
He also says that after he’s done working on an album, he doesn’t bother listening to it any further. It’s weird to think that, but the way he explains it makes perfect sense. After he’s already spent so much time producing an album, and paying such attention to every little detail, why should he listen to it himself? He knows the album in and out. He’s already spent ample time on it. He says the same is probably true of an author. After you’re writing and writing more and more, would you sit there and re-read everything you’ve written, everything that you’ve lived? There’s really no reason to.