LAST week, the metal/rap world lost one of its pioneers with the death of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
The ‘Beasties’, three Jewish Americans known for their edgy brand of rap, were also big admirers of eccentric reggae producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
In fact, Yauch and fellow Beasties Mike ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Adrock’ Horowitz, gave Perry a ‘shout out’ on their song Sure Shot, taken from their Ill Communication album.
For the second edition of their Grand Parade magazine released in the summer of 1995, the trio dedicated 24 pages to Perry.
The extensive coverage was not without incident. The story had several errors which angered the diminutive Perry.
Despite the innacuracies, the Beasties piece introduced Perry to a new audience in the United States where he remains popular.
Yauch, who died of cancer, was also a big reggae fan, especially roots-reggae from the 1970s.