An unreleased Beastie Boys video featuring Nas has surfaced online after being discovered on the website of Neal Usatin, a film editor who had worked with the group on other projects, including the Adam Yauch–directed short A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hornblower.
The four-and-a-half-minute video for “Too Many Rappers,” from 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was directed by Roman Coppola but, for undisclosed reasons, never got an official premiere.
The clip intercuts seemingly raw footage of Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA and Nas rolling through various vignettes — a park, a bridge, a store — with live and studio footage.
According to Pitchfork, a contributor to the BeastieBoys.com message board, “Eoin MCL,” discovered and posted the clip. Another user pointed out that the clip was posted privately sometime in September 2013, though was unsure when it became public.
Neither Coppola nor representatives of the Beastie Boys have yet commented on the video’s existence.
The Beastie Boys have remained largely quiet since the death of founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away in 2012 of cancer complications. In his will, Yauch requested that the Beastie Boys’ music not be used for advertising purposes – a wish that surviving members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond have respected. Last June, the members won a $1.7 million lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink for using five of the group’s songs in a promotional spot.
Last year, Ad-Rock remixed New York City-based rap trio Ratking’s song “Canal,” while Mike D made videos opining on everything from the Biggie-Tupac feud in the Nineties to the role grunge played in killing hair metal. The group’s legacy was also celebrated in New York City when the corner where their Paul’s Boutique cover was shot was turned into a tribute mural spearheaded by the man who had unsuccessfully to co-name the location “Beastie Boys Square.” The mural also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the album.