Monday, May 21, 2012

Fightin' Fo Yo Rights on Music Monday

The Sheepdog's Music Mondays are gonna be a little different over the next two weeks to conclude the month of May. The featured artists and music genres will be different from what is usually shown, and it's not likely they will be shown much, if any, in the future. They're just not his "thang."

Today's featured artist has not appeared here before. However, this band was highly popular at the height of their career in the '80's and '90s and remain one of the most popular "hip-hop" bands today even though they were originally founded as a punk band. In fact, after their founding in 1981, the band had seven albums reached platinum status between 1986-2004. They are non other than the Beastie Boys.

The Beastie Boys are considered a "hip-hop" band. However, when I listen to their music, which isn't often, I also hear a hard rock / metal influence in it. So, perhaps they should be known as a "hip-hop metal band" or a "hip-hop rock band." Hmmm. Doesn't sound right does it ?

The featured video and song of the Beastie Boys today is "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) " from the band's 1986 album Licensed to Ill. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April. However, one of the band's founders, Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, was battling cancer of the parotid salivary gland at the time and could not attend. MCA lost his battle with the disease earlier this month at only 47 years old.

Even though I was not a fan of the band, I will admit they were talented and had a unique musical style all their own. When I say I wasn't a fan, it was not because I had anything against them, I've just never been a fan of hip-hop. Today's video is for MCA. As always, the video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

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