Five years after the loss of the Beastie Boys‘ MCA, the New York City-bred rap trio continues to amaze and entertain. The Beastie Boys are absolutely timeless. They made some of the best party music ever recorded. Their hooks are unforgettable, their attitude unmatchable, and their energy is legendary. They were one of the best acts in hip-hop right to the untimely end, and surviving members Ad-Rock and Mike D keep MCA’s memory alive every day.
As we celebrate the life and times of MCA and the incredible catalog of music he left behind, we at Billboard Dance have searched high and low for the best remixes those inspired by the Beastie Boys have to offer. Let’s enjoy the everlasting legacy together, because it can’t, it won’t and it don’t stop.
Coins – Daft Science LP (Daft Punk/Beastie Boys mash-up)
This is an entire album of dope mash-ups, mixing some of the most beloved hits from two of the funkiest bands that have ever existed. Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” sounds fantastic with the Beastie Boys’ “Root Down” flow kicking on the topline, and then they come in with the “Superheroes” for even more funk. Coins is the producer you can thank for this kick-ass hour of power.
Beastie Boys – “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win” feat. Santigold (Major Lazer remix)
This official remix is full of Caribbean rude boy flavor. It’s exactly what’s on the menu for a Major Lazer remix from the old days of 2011. It’s got a stompin’ beat in a killer drumline style. It’ll have your body movin’ before you know it.
Beastie Boys – “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win” feat. Santigold (SebastiAn Remix)
We don’t usually like to double up on our remixes, but this other cut from the official “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win” remix EP is a perfect example of how two producers can take the same song to two totally different places. This one is full of the crunchy, filtery goodness of Frenchman SebastiAn’s signature sound. This is a beast, for sure.
Beastie Boys – “Body Movin'” (Fatboy Slim remix)
This is a classic on three levels; the original is a classic, it’s a classic remix, and it’s just one of the cooler tunes from Fatboy Slim. The Brit put his spin on this track heavy, inserting tons of cuts, fuzzy noises and breakneck drums. This is the stuff of b-boy dreams, which is on target, because you’re supposed to be body movin’ when the beat drops.
Beastie Boys – “Intergalactic” (2ManyDJs remix)
This epic mash-up from 2ManyDJs (aka Soulwax on the mix-and-match tip) combines the iconic vocals of “Intergalactic” with a bit of Herbie Hancock, INXS and AC/DC, because the Beastie Boys are essentially a punk rock band to begin with, right?
Beastie Boys – “In 3’s” (Kaminada remix)
Who’s ready for a hazy, lo-fi hip-hop break? Kick back, relax and get lost in this reimagined instrumental. It’s a bit trippy. You may find yourself exploring higher planes of consciousness. At the very least, you’re dancing in your seat.
Beastie Boys – “Sabotage” (Shem remix)
“Sabotage” is a great song. Ever wonder what it would sound like if the paranoia was enhanced by a shot of adrenaline to the aorta? This remix is exactly what you need when you realize you were right all along, and it’s time to kick some ass.
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise” (The Bug Remix)
This pumped up rinse has a slightly dancehall vibe to it, if the island of Jamaica were made of neon signs and populated by dancing aliens. It’s got me making hella noise. How about you?