The cheeba sure has left me dusted, but when the smoke clears and the dust settles, the most vivid memory I have of hanging with a young Dirty Donny is in the bedroom of our pal Trev. Specifically, when we would get together and listen to the Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique tape. Trev and Donny were rabid over that tape.
We all fell in love with Licence to Ill, with it’s humor, and frankly the fact that 3 white guys made such awesome rap albums. It didn’t hurt that they just didn’t give a fuck either; and that Slayer’s Kerry King played guitar on it. The Beastie Boys were more punk rock than a lot of the “punk” bands out at the time. We waited a really long time for more Beastie Boys, and when it finally came, the boys went nuts. I remember that they released the tape with a few different colors, and both Trev and Donny had all of them. Silly fuckers had multiple copies of the same tape. Actually, it was good that they did. They played the shit out of those tapes, and eventually played them to death. As they should have; Paul’s Boutique is arguably the greatest hip hop album ever made.
For poor kids, having a band and an album that you can find stupid amounts of joy in can make all the difference in the world. Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was that album for Trev and Donny when we were growing up – well, that and AC/DC, but that’s tomorrow’s song. Here’s one of the funnier videos the band made from that album.
SongofheDay: HEY LADIES by BEASTIE BOYS