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.Despite not being able to tour or participate in all of thealbum promotion, MCA can take the credit for writing and directing the30-minute film "Fight For Your Right (Revisited)" that enlists two sets ofA-list actors portraying past and future versions of the New York MCs. Theproject commemorates the 25th anniversary of the release of their"(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" video.
The hilarious "Make Some Noise" video is an excerpt from thefilm.The Beastie Boys weren't the only ones taking a trip downmemory lane this week. Marie Osmond re-married her first husband, whom she firstwed nearly 30 years ago. Katy Perry revealed to Vanity Fair magazine details ofher sheltered upbringing. Beyoncé went back to junior high school for a day.And Lady Gaga explored biblical times for the storyline of her latestcontroversial video, "Judas."
While we love celebrating the past, we're looking forward togetting back to the future next week. See you then.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Licensed To Heal -- Beastie Boy MCA battles cancer
2) Take Me Back Again -- Marie Osmond says "I do" toex-husband
3) Fireworks -- Katy Perry spills the beans on her super strict parents
5) Bad Romance -- Lady Gaga forsakes Jesus in "Judas" video
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