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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Gives tUnE-yArDs' "Gangsta" the Boom-Bap Treatment

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

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So Beastie Boys mastermind Ad-Rock put his own spin on the excellent "Gangsta" by Oakland's own tUnE-yArDs. In case you missed the band's big-deal set this weekend at Outside Lands, the original version of "Gangsta" already gets crowds moving heartily. For the remix, Ad-Rock pairs vocal samples from singer/instrumentalist Merrill Garbus with his own titanic boom-bap and squeaky synths. The track is available on a forthcoming 12 inch single from 4AD with the original version of "Gangsta" and another remix by Cut Chemist.

But just imagine what it would sound like if Garbus herself guested on Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and you can more or less guess what this remix sounds like: thick, swaggering, and still more than a little weird. Take a listen after the jump.

Oh, and a bonus factoid: The cover art is by Ruth Garbus, Merrill's younger sister, and a member of the excellent Sub Pop band Happy Birthday with noted Vermont rocker King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas).

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