This week is an important one for Beastie Boys fans around the world. Yesterday, August 5th, would have marked the 51st birthday of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away in 2012 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Meanwhile, this Saturday, August 8th, serves as the fourth annual celebration of MCA Day in Brooklyn, the late MC’s stomping grounds.
To commemorate, Capitol Records, the trio’s longtime label, has raised high a Beastie Boys flag atop Capitol Tower for the first time since the release of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. Additionally, during the label’s Capitol Congress event, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe interviewed Ad-Rock and Mike D about the making of the iconic sophomore album, which turned 25 last year, including what prompted them to leave Licensed to Ill labels Def Jam and Columbia for Capitol, and that time they went all the way to Tower Records only to find the store didn’t have Paul’s in stock.
Listen in via Apple Music.
Below, check out some pictures of Capitol Tower and Lowe’s interview.