The Beastie Boys will take over indie record stores with an exclusive release in anticipation of their full-length, Hot Sauce Committee, coming out this fall. This 12″ is a recording of their live performance from this year’s Bonnaroo, and Nas joins the crew for “Too Many Rappers.” This limited pressing of 5,000 copies is available starting tomorrow (Saturday, Jul 18), and marks the iconic group’s return to releasing music on wax before a CD or digital release. Get more info.
URB went and checked out the upcoming Scratch the Ultimate DJ game and discovered a game that’s about as “real” as you’re gonna get. The game prides itself on realism and walking the line between playing a game and actually making music. And we can confirm that Scratch is very real.
The game has two modes—Solo and Studio. Solo is based around gameplay, where you match the beats, samples and scratches to the song being played using a combination of MPC-style control pads (produced in conjunction with actual MPC manufactuer Akai), a crossfader (which works as a toggle rather than a sliding fader) and of course the turntable (Numark’s standard CD-J wheel). It’s standard rhythm gaming fair and many players might leave it at that. But game designers Genius are mostly enthused about the additional features.
DJ Shadow remains the defacto spokesman for DJ Hero, including screen caps of the game, as well as confirmation of in-game characters DJ AM and Z-Trip, plus participation by Cut Chemist. He also revealed and handful of the 100+ artists who music will appear in the game, including Black Eyed Peas, DJ Shadow, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, The Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D.
The best thing about having The Roots as your house band is that when the Beastie Boys decide to “spontaniously” bust out “So Whatcha Want” on Memorial Day, you know it’s going to sound better than Paul Schafer’s version.