Rhymin’ N Stealin’ – The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band
Chelsea’s – September 1st, 2018.
What do you do with your life when you hit your 30’s after playing in numerous bands, traveling the world as a professional rollerblader, even competing in the X-Games and basically just having a tremendous time… obviously, you start a Beastie Boys tribute band and you do it all over again. Kyle Smith AKA Ad Rock told us how Rhymin’ N Stealin’ came to be and a little bit about how much he loves the Beastie Boys.
Vent: Since you’ve never been to Corpus Christi, let’s start by telling us what the crowd can expect from the show.
Kyle: Well, it is a high energy, punch-you-in-the-face Beastie Boys experience. We’ve been at it about 10 years, and we don’t take our selves seriously at all, but we take what we do very seriously. So it makes for a good show, and you know, we’re paying homage to – what we consider to be – one of the greatest hip-hop bands of all time. And our DJ painstakingly details and recreates the Beastie Boys Live Experience. He takes a lot of what Mix Master Mike did live and is recreating a lot of live stuff that he mixed in during live performances there towards the last 10-15 years of the Beastie Boys being around.
V: Right on, have any of you guys ever met the real Beastie Boys or seen them live?
K: Yeah, so we just played a show with Mix Master Mike. He’s the DJ for Cypress Hill now, and we just opened for Cypress Hill, The Pharcyde, Everlast, 2 Live Crew, Inner Circle, Slick Rick. It was a big old-school hip-hop festival. So we got to meet Mix Master Mike and chat with him about what we’re doing and it was a lot of fun.
V: So do you have a favorite song that you like to perform?
K: Well, I do personally: my favorite Beastie Boys song, a song called “Shadrach.” Which is off of a record called “Paul’s Boutique.” But, you know, sometimes my favorite song to perform is not necessarily the favorite song of the crowd right? Sometimes crowds are really into it, and sometimes they’re like, “Aw man, this is my song to go get a drink.” So we don’t play it as much, and there’s a lot of songs we love doing. We love doing Pass the Mic is one of my favorites to do, I love doing “Sabotage,” I love doing “Get It Together,” “Sure Shot,” “Root Down”. There are so many great songs, we do a lot of stuff off of “Paul’s Boutique.” “Hey Ladies”, “Shake Your Rump”, ”Egg Man” We do a ton of tracks of that one. “High Plains Drifter” is another good one, deep cut, but it’s a good one. You know, those are fun songs to do, but I’ve got my own personal favorites. One of my personal favorites is “Professor Booty” which is off “Check Your Head”. That’s a fun one to perform ’cause it’s unlike most Beastie Boys songs. That song is three verses with just, you know, each guy, Ad Rock has a verse, and Mike D has a verse, and MCA has a verse. And it’s not a lot of back and forth, it’s just kinda like 3 little solo performances.
V: What is the best lyric that you get to deliver?
K: “Make another record cause the people want more of this. Suckers they be saying they can take out Adam Horovits,” that’s a good one. Gosh man, there are so many good Ad Rock lines from every album from every era. “I got friends and family that I respect, when I think I’m too good they put me in check, so believe when I say I’m no better than you, except when I rap, so I guess it ain’t true.” That’s a good one.
V: Right on, what’s a line that you wish was one of yours?
K: You know, when I grew up, I loved most of MCA’s lyrics. “Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon, I sip the def ale with all the fly women.” Stuff like that, you know? There are so many classics – MCA’s got such soul. And that’s why you’ll never see the Bestie Boys live again. There’s no replacing MCA. And he had so much soul and he had so many lines that are just classic Beastie Boys and classic MCA. I don’t wish they were my lines, we really enjoy each of the individual roles we play – but I really enjoy hearing them over and over when you do a show.
V: What if the Beastie Boys did not exist? Who would be the next band on your list that you might do something like this for?
K: Man, you know, honestly this came about – each one of us, or two of the four of us were improvisational comedians, and this got started by accident. We were in an improv comedy troupe in Dallas, and a buddy of ours had written a children’s book and was having it published and was having a big party and there was like 300 people coming. And we’re like – we debated whether or not we could do some sketch comedy or some improve scenes… and me and a buddy were like, “Hey, what if we do a couple Beastie Boys songs.” And everyone’s like, “Oh yeah, man!” High five. High five. “That’s a great idea, everyone loves the Beastie Boys. Whatever.”
So, we learned 3 songs, and you know I’d been practicing musically since I was 14-15 years old. So we did, Fight For Your Right “Paul Revere,” and we did “The New Style.” We did 3 songs, right… And people lost their minds. They were like, “When are you guys playing again? We want to see a whole show!” And we’re like, “We’re never playing again. This was a bit!” You know? Then a buddy of mine that owned a bar – this was in May – said, “Hey, come back for Halloween. Learn 20 songs, and do a show” I said, “Alright.” So we did it. We came back, and we did a show, Halloween. And a dude that wrote for the music periodical – The Dallas Observer was walking by this bar when we were playing, and he stopped in his tracks, came inside and we got nominated for Best Tribute Band, that year at our first performance. So we were like, “God, man I guess we’re on to something.” And then like a couple months later Vanilla Ice reached out for us and we opened for Vanilla Ice. And then a girl that was there booked for House of Blues and we got a call, and she’s like, “You gotta come play House of Blues.” And then since then, we’ve played 3 or 4 countries, we’ve played in 30 of the 50 states. We’ve probably done 500 shows in the past 10 years. Yeah, all over.
V: One of the first CD’s I ever bought – I remember buying it at a pawnshop – was “Licensed to Ill.” So I’ve been a fan for a long time of the Bestie Boys since I was a teenager. So yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to this show.
K: Yeah man, it’s a ton of fun. We really do work – we’re very meticulous about recreating the whole Beastie Boys experience. From the way we move, to what we say, to how we banter with the crowd, and everything that goes along with it. And, as I said, we’re not a cover band, we are a tribute band, and we tribute to the Beastie Boys and pay homage to them. So, that’s something that’s really important to us. I hope you’re there and I hope you enjoy the show.
Be sure to catch this amazing show at Chelsea’s on Labor Day Weekend. For ticket information call 361-906-6225.