Are the Beastie Boys done?
"We're done. Oh yeah. Adam Yauch started the band. It's not like a thing where we could continue without him."
Never contemplated it?
Does that require a psychological adjustment? The band that you were in your entire life no longer exists.
"It's a huge deal. And so, you know, it's probably just taken me time to sit and think and try to figure out what I do next or who I am now or, you know, all of that stuff. Because since high school, I was in this band. And you know, it's one thing when you're in a band in high school, but [...]
Eric and Jeff Rosenthal are ItsTheReal, and they have a mixtape out today.
Okay, so how would you explain ItsTheReal to someone who has no idea who you are?
ERIC: You mean like half our family tree?
JEFF: I'm Jeff. That's Eric. Collectively, we're ItsTheReal. We used to describe ourselves as two idiots with a camera, but now I guess we're just two idiots at the moment. For the past six years or so, we've called ourselves 'hip-hop sketch comedians.' It's a niche.
ERIC: We've filled the internet with a ton of content, from sketch videos, to longform interviews on our Hypemen podcast with Jensen Karp, and our ridiculous [...]
"For me, a white person, a rap fan who does in fact enjoy Chief Keef’s album, for musical reasons, much the same as I enjoy Waka Flocka Flame’s music, even as I find the lyrics banal and deplore much of their message—a person who likes to think that I can compartmentalize various elements of artistic expression, and appreciate music without any agenda—it’s worth giving hard thought to what it means that a black person is saying that she can’t. It’s worth ruminating on how deeply and insidiously white privilege and the black lack thereof infect every aspect of life in America—even something as simple as enjoying a good pop song." [...]
Breaking rap news: Complex has a slideshow of "The 50 Most Stylish Rappers of All Time." Not-breaking rap news: in case you forgot about it, this NSFW song has "politics" in the title.