On the same day Adam Yauch told us he has cancer and the band’s taking a break so he can recover, we get a listen to the man doing his thing in Hot Sauce Committee Part 1’s “Too Many Rappers.” When he drops the line “I been in the game since before you was born / I might still be MC-ing after you’re gone” it doesn’t seem eerie or foreboding, but more the words of a survivor who will keep on doing just that. (Like they’ve been doing since 1979, if you can believe it.) As noted above, and as at Bonnaroo, Nas shows up with some words, too, lowering the average MC age just a bit.

Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 is out late 2009 via Capitol.

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Comments (30)
  1. Phantom Darko  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    WOW! Thats really bad.

  2. pin  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    i hope MCA gets better soon and heals completely. however, this song is really bad. sorry.

    • Greg  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

      There really are a bunch of loathsome douchebags out there. Can’t show a little love for a dude with cancer and a totally solid new Beastie Boys song? Seriously, fuck you people.

  3. Mark  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 is out 9/15 via Capitol.”

    No, it’s not. The release got pushed back. Do you not read your own website?

  4. dane  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    brandon, easy on the sentimental shit. ugh. we know you care about yauch, we all do, but you sound like a hallmark card. blech.

    • I don’t know if it’s Hallmark… it’s just sorta human. The guy has a line in the song about being around for a long time. It’s a line anyone who listens closely to the song will notice, especially since we’re posting it the same day he tells us he has cancer. You could read the line in a number of ways, no? I just posted my reading of it. That’s about it.

  5. congratulations stereogum. aside from mca’s cancer, today is the best news day ever.

  6. Harry  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    The beat is dope. I’d like to hear the official version of this and not some lowgrade mp3

  7. Paul  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    I don’t hear anything about this song that even remotely resembles “bad.” This is like 100x better than anything that was on 5 Boroughs.

  8. Sir Terrence Tuppins  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    This is really horrible news.

    I hope he starts drinking 4-6 ounces of wheat grass daily. Truly.

    Maybe they can reactivate the Grand Royal magazine during this hiatus. Those first batch of early issues are fantastic examples of what print music journalism could-and-should be.

    Get well, MCA.

  9. Chris  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    Song’s awesome. Definitely the best thing I’ve heard from them since ALIVE. Sucks about the cancer. MCA will get through, no doubt. On the bright side, my reservations about this album are gone based on this track.

  10. This cancer i s a really bad news

    • max  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 0

      Well yes, cancer sucks. But hey, at least it gives him something to rap about other than how long he’s been rapping for.

  11. Burg  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2009 0

    This sounds much better than it did at Bonnaroo and not for the obvious studio vs. live reason.

  12. From what he said on the video, it sounds like they caught it early enough to stop it. Let’s hope so! As for the track — it’s not a terrible track, but it’s missing *something*.

  13. Joaquin  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2009 0

    This track is killer – reminds me of Ill Communication. Had tixs to see the boys at lollapalooza next month here in the CHI – bummed about that, but stoked for the new album.

    Anyone who thinks this track is bad is obviously still stuck on License to Ill and needs to realize that every album they have put out since trumps that sophomoric effort. Why do you think the band doesn’t play anything from this album anymore??!

    • woot  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2009 0

      actually, licensed to ill is more like a freshmanic effort, isn’t it? and saying to the five boroughs is better is just silly.

    • FeelLikeAStranger  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      License To Ill was their debut album. And yes, they do play songs from it all the time, especially “Paul Revere.”

  14. alanis morrisey   |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2009 0

    hey this aint bad at all, nice beat. much better than anything i heard from to the five boroughs. also, nas is a good guest rapper for them. all in all, i like it. alert da presses

  15. better than you're acting  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    ??? this is not bad. this is ill. if you know hip-hop at all you will know that.

  16. Black Sunshine  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    1. Get well soon, Adam. I hope you are able to beat the cancer. We’ll keep you in our minds and our hearts. I’m surprise the notes haven’t been flooding in by now.
    2. Applesauce, biatch!

  17. chonez  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    that was dope. i wanna smoke it w a hologram of wolf blitzer.

  18. Harry  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    there’s an official version of this track avail now. it hits hard!

  19. Dantronix  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

    I’m all for the Beasties coming with some new great shit and having another hurrah- this beat is so bland and awful, this reminds of of the same problem other artists like Trent Reznor are having with trying to come with new hot shit. The beat production on this track just isn’t there. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping there are other tracks that will bring it.

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