Beastie Boys and the making of “Drop”
From the mind of SLIMKID3
Back in the day Mike D wanted to do an interview with The Pharcyde at his crib for Grand Royal Magazine [the magazine written and published by the Beastie Boys]. It seemed as though time was moving fast during that period because Pharcyde was a hot topic on peoples’ tongue, so we were just busy busy. But this moment was classic. Beastie Boys were the hot shit to us because they were such major pioneers in the hip hop world, plus the Beastie Boys pushed the envelope so much with the things they were doing …
I remember “License to Ill” was my favorite Beastie Boys album
I was really starting to get into hip hop on a major scale when it came out, but I was also a big skateboarder who practiced religiously at the train tracks with my best friend on the block just after watching “Bones Brigade 3” (skater classics). I remember the Beastie Boys song “Paul Revere” coming through the speakers and I could imagine myself trying Tony Hawk shit on the half pipe around the corner. I felt like every time my skateboard hit the street, “Paul Revere” would be re-playing as my theme music in my head … “NOOOOW! Here’s a little story I got to tell…” with the reverse beat! Classic shit. Winning! Anyway, it was a huge honor to be invited by them to do an interview.
Beastie Boys – Who is this guy?
I remember sitting by the pool at Mike D’s house doing the interview with the Beastie Boys and there was this guy taking pictures the whole time who looked like a skater. He was a cool cat, just chilling and getting appropriate photos and angles (snap snap!). Well that photographer was Spike Jonze. Somehow, from that interview we managed to stay in contact with him through our label, Delicious Vinyl—because we were on a bizarre ride of our own back then: recording new songs and touring all the time. Time passed (insert montage…) and next thing you know we were face-to-face with figuring out what our new single would be to follow-up our first breakthrough single from Labcabincalifornia, which was “Runnin’.” I don’t remember who brought it up, but someone mentioned the idea of Spike Jonze doing a video for us. We were like … “Ok! What song?” Someone said the only one he wanted to do was “Drop”. He liked how the music was backwards and how AD Rock from the Beastie Boys was sampled in the chorus.
Next thing you know, Spike pulled a couple rabbits out of his hat. He was like, “let’s do everything in reverse.” Walking backwards, talking backwards, and so on. We were like … “Cool! A challenge … but hell yeah!” He figured, we had already done the upside-down thing in “Passin’ Me By,” now backwards is the way to go with this, then film it and flip that whole shit. He was on to something. The second rabbit he pulled out of his hat (in good Beastie Boys fashion) was when he told us he was bringing in a linguist so that we could learn our verses backward. He was like, “You can study them, then we can rehearse the shots to see what it’s going to be like.” The linguist came, it was an awesome experience but a challenge nonetheless. Now, the third rabbit was when he said: “Hey I think I’m going to be able to have Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys come to the video and do a cameo. “What?!! Beastie Boys?!! Wow! Who’s luckier than us?” Then? No one. This was a hell of a time to remember in hip-hop. The creative juices were flowing in all directions around that time. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it. Always got props for the Beastie Boys.
All these years later and I’m still making what I feel is some of the best music of my career. I’m so excited about my new single “Baby Don’t Take The Fun” and the remix by my man DJ Nu-Mark from Jurassic 5. Enter your email in the widget below to get your free copy now. Ya dig?!
Still lovin’ the Beastie boys! -Tre