Mixtape Mondays: MCA/Beastie Boys Tributes, Yasiin Bey, Electro
Over the weekend, the music world mourned the passing of Beastie Boys member and Brooklyn's native son, MCA--including okayplayer Founder/CEO/Prez, ?uestlove. DJs pay their respects with their hands (and records) and at Mixtape Mondays we'd like to pay ours by including few recent Beasties mixes from Mr. Cee, Z-Trip, DJ DL, and OKP homie Mick Boogie. We also received a fresh electro mix from DJ Sakir and a Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) mix from NYC's DJ Rashad Hayes.
Mr. Cee - Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tribute
HOT 97's Mr Cee honored the Beastie Boys a few weeks ago for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. After MCA's passing, he posted the mix as a download. The 20-minute set is almost entirely culled from Licensed to Ill, so turn up the bass, lay low on the treble, and feel the beat of Ad Rock's Roland TR-808 kick drum like it's the summer of '87.
Z-Trip - Presents All Access: A Beastie Boys Mix
Z-Trip released this short Beasties mix last year, but it's new to us. If you've heard his mixes before, you know he's always on some genre-bending, mash-up, turntablist,megamix-type ish. The Beasties, of course, are a perfect fit for this sort of treatment.
DJ DL - 3 MCs and Some DJ
Here's a quick, single-take mix, mostly from vinyl (respect) in honor of MCA. It's an hour and half long, features a lot of 12" remixes and rarities, and is available as a download.
Mick Boogie - Grand Royal
In case you missed this when we posted it two weeks ago, be sure to check out Mick Boogie's Beasties mix, released in honor of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
DJ Sakir - The Lotus Lab Show 82 (Electric Ave V)
We don't know too much about DJ Sakir aside from what's on her website bio, but we're digging this electro mix. And based on the thousand other mixes we see on her site, while we've been lunching, she's been hard at work.
DJ Rashad Hayes - Mos Def Mix
Rashad Hayes is an NYC-based DJ (you can catch him on Fridays at The Greenhouse). He occasionally posts artist tribute mixes via Soundcloud. Here's one he just posted in honor of one of his favorite MCs of all time (ours, too!), Yasiin Bey. The mix actually refers to Mr. Bey by his former name (no, not Dante--the other one) but hey, we don't want any trouble. In any case, this hour-long mix covers a lot of ground. Recognize all area crews (bring it in, bring it in, bring it in):