Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bruce Davidson's Source Photo For the Beastie Boys Ill Communication Album Cover

Always ill to hear the original samples in the rap game, like Wendy Rene's "After Laughter," the source for the Wu's "Tearz," or Isaac Hayes' "Hung up on My Baby," the source for the Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks on Me," or the Isley Brothers' "Footsteps in the Dark," the source for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day."

The Beastie Boys made their living off sampling to the max. Turning little nuggs like Cheap Trick's earnest intro of "This next song is the first song on our new album" to "Surrender" on their epic live 'At Budokan" album into the intro for Check Your Head's "Jimmy James."

I recently came across this picture, by a photographer named Bruce Davidson, the source for the cover of "Ill Communication." Always dug the cover, cuz it seemed like John Belushi. Well, NBC Saturday Mornings taught us right, the more you know.....