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Mick Boogie - Beastie Boys "Grand Royal" Remix

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Adam Yauch, hip-hop pioneer and cofounder of the Beastie Boys, died last Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. Operating under the pseudonym MCA, Yauch and the boys evolved from hard partying knuckleheads to snowboarding Buddhist pacifists. The trio's musical evolution was jumpstarted following their departure from Def Jam and the preposterous success of their debut record Licensed to Ill. They collaborated with producers the Dust Brothers on the landmark Paul's Boutique, a sonic pastiche heavy on samples and experimentation, and took up instruments to re-explore their hardcore roots on Check Your Head. Through it all, the Boys' commitment to old-school hip hop never wavered, and their status as groundbreaking artists was cemented with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past April. DJ Mick Boogie recognized the event with a Beastie Boys mixtape entitled Grand Royal, clocking in at 80 minutes and comprising a blend of "rarities, remixes, demos, live versions, outtakes, and more." While we mourn the passing of an artist who died far too young, we celebrate the music that he and his partners in crime left behind. The Grand Royal mixtape by Mick Boogie is a fitting tribute. Download it here.