Too Many Rappers

Too Many Rappers

Beastie Boys (Ft. Nas)

What do you get when you mix three pioneering MCs from Brooklyn/Manhattan with a legendary MC from Queensbridge?

A pretty ballin' track, evidently…

Nas joins the Beastie Boys in pondering one of life’s greatest mysteries…

Why are there so few MCs, and so many rappers?

This is the “Too Many Rappers” (Single Version) dropped via 12” US Promo on 7.21.2009 — NOT to be confused with the “Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)“, included on the HSCP2 LP. The album’s release was delayed until 4.27.2011 due to MCA’s diagnosis of salivary cancer. “Too Many Rappers” broke the Billboard 100, peaking at #93, and was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 52nd Grammy Awards. (Not that we give a f*ck about charts or grammies, but still…)

Samples include:

  • “Stone Love Lady” performed by Rail, used under special license from Octavious Records

  • “Journeys, Oscillations and Other Dreams” performed by Irv Greenwood, used courtesy of Blue Note Records

It was first performed in concert, on 6.12.2009 at Bonaroo — Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, US and for almost five years remained a live-only song performed just once.

Finally, the Roman Coppola-directed video was released on 1.11.2015.

The song also lives on in remixes.