That's Really Week congratulates the Beastie Boys for releasingthis week's standout album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." Not only is theireighth album incredible, it marks a significant accomplishment. It wascompleted as the legendary rappers braved the news that MCA was diagnosed withcancer in his salivary glands.
MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D received the news in the summer of2009 as they prepped for a European tour to promote "Hot Sauce Committee." WhenMCA felt a lump on the side of his neck, he met with his doctor, and wasreferred to a specialist who ran tests and delivered the bad news.
"That sent us all reeling," Mike D told Rolling Stone, "bothin terms of having your good friend and your bandmate diagnosed with cancer,and then also, oh, so our record isn't coming out. We'll just put this on holdand see where we're at in six months. And then 12 months."
The album delay actually produced positive results. After givingthe album another listen, the group decided to move in a different direction.They solicited remixing assists from producer Philippe Zdar, and ultimatelyfelt happier with the results.
In January, MCA said in a statement on the group's website,that he was "optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future." Inthe meantime, he is still undergoing treatment.
The hilarious "Make Some Noise" video is an excerpt from thefilm.
While we love celebrating the past, we're looking forward togetting back to the future next week. See you then.
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