Pushing the envelope of music and pop culture, the Beastie Boys were dominating at the explosion of hip hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In fact – they’re the group that lit the fuse when it came to getting hip hop from the fringe to mainstream. As the first white rap group of any real importance, the Beastie Boys actually started out as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But by treating rap as a required part of the post-punk musical underground, they turned themselves into one of the biggest hip hop groups today.
From their right to party to their spot in the Rock Hall of Fame, the Beastie Boys quickly established themselves as the powerhouse group to come out of the New York hip hop scene. Whilst the trio weren’t the most prolific legends over their 25 year career (they only released 7 proper albums in this time), their impact has been gigantic.
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The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the final night of Season 6 pays tribute to Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication performed by The Not So Sure Shots Thursday 22nd September 2016. Event details here.
Meet the Band
Cole Baxter: Performing the role of Mike D, Cole has been doing hip hop gigs in Perth for past 7 years. Gaining notoriety as a rapper, he’s more recently branching out into genres such as Neo Soul.
Jakub Said: Playing the role of AdRock, Jakub has been performing hip hop and spoken word around Perth since 2011. He’s currently working on his first spoken work album, due out early November 2016.
Beckon: As the role of the late M.C.A, Beckon is known for his smooth style and flow. His upcoming mixtape Born in the Boardroom will be released soon too, stay tuned!
Gaz Deutsch: On drums, Gaz has made a name for himself with acoustic hip hop group Nodes performing in several venues around Perth for the last 3 years.
AIM: Arms in Motion is on the wheels of steel playing the role of Mix Master Mike. A staple DJ in the Perth hip hop scene for a decade plus, he’s a community affiliate, resident hip hop karaoke DJ and a core member of The Stoops.
Chris Young: Playing keys and guitar, Chris has performed with a plethora of established Perth bands including most recently The Big Splash finalists Crystal Moth & Moana.
Lipe C: A South American artist on percussion who’s built his career playing with many bands in Wellington, NZ. In 2016, Lipe settled in Fremantle having recently performed a residency with jazz / hip hop improv band Casual Sets.
Billy Dana: Joining on bass, Billy has just recently been a member of Pow Negro – a local hip hop and jazz megaband. Pow took home first place and $10,000 at The Big Splash competition.
Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication
In 1994 when Beastie Boys released their fourth album Ill Communication, their role in the hip hop music scene was finally figured out. Boasting a level of maturity, the album was definite proof of their growing up phase. Complete with a sense of playfulness, fuzz-rock experimentals and distinct lyrical personalities that all contributed into making the record an absolute masterpiece.
“Beastie Boys’ album Hello Nasty, which came out in 1998, was one of the first albums I ever owned. From rapping along to Body Movin and Intergalatic at parties to seeing the Beastie Boys live at the Big Day Out in 2004, the Beastie Boys have been a concurrent influence in my musical identity. Preparing to perform Ill Communication for the Record Club has made me realise how full circle the Beastie Boys impact and clout has been on my maturity and pop culture around me”.
“Being the first hip hop album that’s being covered by the Record Club, we realised that a band with a multi faceted pallet in terms of their genre was paramount. Ill Communication has throwbacks to the Beastie’s earlier hardcore / punk rock days, jazz fusion, rock n’ roll and straight up hip hop that’s very indicative of the sounds coming out of New York from the early 90’s”.
Sabotage at The Newport Record Club
“First and foremost on behalf of the entire band, this experience has utterly been a privilege. You’re guaranteed a packed out crowd of die hard fans at any Record Club show you attend. This opportunity to inhabit the roles of such prolific artists and leverage the energy that they’re so known for is something that would make the kid versions of”.
This is the FINAL NIGHT of Season 6 at The Newport Record Club! Stay tuned on the Record Club’s Facebook page for details in the lead-up to Season 7.
“If you come to this show you can expect to witness as said by the great David Letterman a “fly, fresh, dope and fat” performance! Quote taken from the Late Night Show in 1994 when the Beastie Boys performed Sabotage for one of the first times on TV”.