This is fucking amazing.
As hip-hop fans know, the Beastie Boys’ 1989 album Paul’s Boutique is a sample paradise. For those of us who enjoy playing the “what’s that song?” game, Paul’s is pretty much the holy grail, with De La Soul’s 3 Feet High & Rising and Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet jockeying for second.
DJ Food and his cohorts Moneyshot and Cheeba have created an unintentional tribute to the late Adam Yauch (this product started well before Yauch passed away in May) but putting together this reconstruction of Paul’s Boutique using acapella rapping tracks from the album, bits and pieces of every single song sampled on the set, and stray dialogue from the Beasties themselves. It’s a lengthy listen, but it’s fucking jaw-dropping. Don’t be surprised if listening to this mix sends you over to Amazon to purchase a heaping handful of the original sample sources as well as a fresh new copy of one of the best albums of the past quarter century.