On KRS-One’s track, off his new LP The World Is Mind, the rapper says, “Like a late fog in the mist / I see King Ad-Rock and rest in peace Nate Dogg / Their names and their natures will last.”
Many were quick to note that KRS-One likely meant Beastie Boys’ MCA, who died in 2012, and not Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, who is still alive.
On Twitter Saturday, KRS-One owned up to the error, “sincerely apologized” to Ad-Rock and promised to rework the song to mention the proper Beastie Boy.
“I mistakably paid respect and condolences to the wrong Beastie Boy member King Ad-Rock when it should have been MCA,” KRS-One said. “In light of this, I am redoing the song ‘Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven’ and I am pulling the original version off of my digital release. Historical accuracy is extremely important to me, so I accept all responsibility for this error.”
KRS-One’s Bandcamp, which was hosting The World Is Mind, has since removed “Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven” from its streamable playlist.
The rapper also provided some detail as to how the error happened in the first place. “Those that know me and have recorded with me in the past are well aware as to how fast I record in the studio and how immediately my material is released after that,” he wrote.
“No excuse though, I am on top of this and again, my sincere apologies to King Ad-Rock who is alive and well.”
— KRS-One (@IAmKRSOne) May 13, 2017