Another one! Another one! ANOTHER ONE. ANOTHER. ONE.
Today, we’re check-ch-check-check-check-ch-checkin’ out one of my favourite Beasties tracks, Triple Trouble, from 2004’s To The 5 Boroughs. Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check the video below:
Apart from our extremely witty, definitively hilarious and slightly arousing search bar, there is a distinct lack of Beastie Boys coverage here, especially considering how much I friggin’ love ’em. Taken from To The 5 Boroughs, after a six year hiatus, Triple Trouble is formulaically the perfect hip-hop song; Rapper’s Delight with Beastie Boys.
Indeed, heavily sampling the 1979 classic (which heavily sampled Chic’s Good Times), the instrumental is nigh-on hip-hop perfection, with Mix Master Mike’s legendary turntablism warping the instantly recognisable samples into something really unique. On top of that, the beat, as well as utilising the Incredible Bongo Band sample from the original, is tight as hell, with kicks on the one, seven and eleven, snares on the five and thirteen. You put that in a programmer, and you got a funky beat.
But, as is the case with a lot of Beasties tracks, it’s the outstanding performances from each of the rappers that makes it. With each member taking four lines at a time, we’re met with quickfire raps, with some brilliant lyrics about whatever. This song comes at a point in their careers where their punk rock-ness has been definitely surpassed by their hip-hop-ness, and it’s reflected in the flawless performances here.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations