When the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (aka MCA) was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month they had to pull out of the All Points West music and arts festival, a huge outdoor concert in New York’s Liberty State Park (the island where the statue of Liberty is located). Jay-Z agreed to step on their behalf and headline the Friday night show.
By all accounts, Jay-Z killed it. He walked up to the mic and performed a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn” in homage to Adam Yauch and his band. A classy move to say the least. But he’s also the first rapper to headline an American music festival, and surely the first (and perhaps last) to cover the Beasties, the first hip hop for white guys act in history. Rick Rubin should be proud. (Video link).