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Beastie Boys Rock NYC Benefit, Talk New Album

Grammy-winning hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys drew a crowd of 3,000 die-hard fans and locals to the sold-out Music Has Power show, which benefited the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Tuesday night.

“It just seems like amazing work that they’re doing in up there in the Bronx, and it’s also work that doesn’t get that much attention,” Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz told Spinner of why they wanted to participate in the show.

The rappers set the audience off with classics like ‘Remote Control,’ ‘Root Down’ and ‘Sure Shot,’ while inciting a mosh pit during their final song, ‘Sabotage.’

The trio also used the night to discuss plans for their new forthcoming album of original material, while the vocal version of ‘The Mix-Up’ is still in the works. “We’re kind of handing it off to other vocalists and letting them submit stuff, so the ball is in their court,” Yauch said. “But we did get a spoken word thing back from Jarvis Cocker and a spoken word thing back from Snoop. M.I.A. recorded something at our studio and then took it with her, but hasn’t given it to us.”

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