When it comes to dropping clever rhymes, the Beastie Boys can still bring it. Here are five lines from their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, that serve as proof.
1. “Pass me the scalpel, I’ll make an incision
I’ll cut off the part of your brain that does the bitching
Put it in formaldehyde and put it on the shelf
So you can show it to your friends and say, ‘That’s my old self!’” — MCA, “Make Some Noise”
One of the great gifts that the Beastie Boys possess is a talent for abstract, oddball lyrics. Adam Yauch goes full-on here, twisting his silliness for all its worth, taking it to weirdo places that he’d have been too impatient to get to back in the days of Paul’s Boutique.
2. “I don’t give a fuck who the hell you are
please stop shouting in your cellular
I never asked to be part of your day
so please stop shouting in your phone, okay?” — Ad-Rock, “OK”
We can’t wait for Ad-Rock’s song about kids walking through his lawn on the next album.
3. “Oh my god, just look at me
Grandpa been rappin’ since ’83″ — Ad-Rock, “Too Many Rappers”
On the other hand, if you’re going to be one of the oldest rappers in the game, at least have a sense of humor about it.
4. “Oh, did I spill the beans?
I seen your grandpa in Apple Bottom jeans
Von Dutch cap, Ugg boots to match
The word gets out, you can’t take it back” — Ad-Rock, “Lee Majors Come Again”
How you can tell that the Beasties are totally mature now: 20 years ago, they’d have been making fun of your mom, but now they’re making fun of your grandpa.
5. “I got shark’s teeth so I can bite your head
I got tiger’s claws that’ll scratch you dead
I got wings like a dragon when I’m flying above
Shoot venom from my eyes when it’s time to get rough” — MCA, “Long Burn the Fire”
Take that, Charlie Sheen. Shooting venom from eyes. ‘Nuff said.
Have a listen to Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 here.