Cause You Can’t, You Won’t And You Don’t Stop is a response to the tragic news that Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away last week. As a tribute, invited participants were asked to pick a line from any Beastie Boys lyric and design it on a solid background. I love the directness and calm simplicity of the site, and suddenly the isolated lyrics and rhymes take on a whole new — solemn — meaning.
I chose the first line of Pass The Mic, taken from their 3rd album Check Your Head released in 1992. Check Your Head is by far my favourite Beasties album. Sure, most people will list Paul’s Boutique as ‘the best’, but to me Check Your Head arrived at just the right time in my life. I was in my final years of art high school — living through the golden age of hip hop, and was making enough money from summer jobs to afford to buy my own vinyl in a basement shop in downtown Antwerp which had all the imports, and the album became my soundtrack of the summer of 92. It’s been long lost, but the cassette copy I made from the record was stuck on repeat in my walkman forever.
It only seemed apt to pay tribute to MCA with one of his lyrics.