RIP, Adam "MCA" Yauch.
Thoughts that occurred to us looking at this photo retrospective of Def Jam artists:
The Roots were/are on a record label? Like a band?
LL Cool J was so tiny!
Awww, remember Flavor Flav from before?
Whoa, totally forgot Steven Tyler and Run-DMC happened.
This video is 11 minutes long, you think. Not a chance. Well, there's a shorter version, but the song is a jam, and the video — directed by Spike Jonze — is work of art. And right when you think, OK, got it, cute, 4:25 rolls around, and boom, right back in it. (The Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is out now.)