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Check Out Jay-Z’s Performance of Beastie Boys’ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’


There are a lot of Beastie Boys tributes on the Internet following the death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, but a Jay-Z performance of a Beasties classic has resonated with some devotees. Gawker highlighted the clip on their website so we figured you guys would like to “Ch-Check It Out” (see what we did there?).

But first a back story. In 2009, the Beastie Boys were scheduled to headline the All Points West music festival in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the trio had to cancel because Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch (R.I.P.) announced that he had throat cancer and would undergo surgery. “It’s a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it),” Yauch joked in a press release.

For Jay-Z, filling in for the Beastie Boys was a huge honor and it would also mark the first time he ever headlined an American music festival. As you can see in the video below, Jay-Z, backed by DJs and a live band, graciously kicked off his set with the Beasties’ hometown anthem ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn.’

Hov goes on to rap Mr. Yauch’s verse (“Born and bred in Brooklyn USA / My name is Adam Yauch but I’m MCA  / A lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon / sipping up ale with all the fly women“), which helps him segue into his own anthem ‘Brooklyn (Go Hard).’

Jay-Z performance was a great hat tip to an incredible artist and humanitarian.

Rest in peace, Adam Yauch. You will be sorely missed.

Watch Jay-Z’s 2009 Performance of Beastie Boys’ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’

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