I can only speculate why this never got released. It comes off the Beastie Boys last album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, from 2011. Seems like the perfect track to appeal to the hyper lyric-loving rap fans that Nas attracts, along with the rock and old school hip hop fans that applaud the Beasties. Ever since Nas came into the music scene, his poetry has rarely wilted or faded. He holds in him a nonstop wellspring of rap lyrics. His talent can overwhelm an average emcee. His early songs remain classics, and he occupies a level in rap few have reached.
Not ‘Too Many Rappers’ have seen this video.
The Beastie Boys were an early band who found success in rap. Though they didn’t start out doing rap, perhaps they laid a foundation. But they occupy a strange niche. You weren’t always hearing all their music played alongside other rap acts. Was it because of their style? Or their race?
I’ll brush all speculation aside. It’s obvious Nas is giving the Beasties credit as music pioneers and breaking down that wall. It’s a fun track with a lot of old school style NYC. Prolific music video director Roman Coppola directed. If you don’t already know, he’s the son of film directing legend Francis Ford Coppola. Here’s hoping the video gets an official release.