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KRS-One Apologizes for Beastie Boys Error on Tribute Song to Dead Rappers


KRS-One has apologized for his lyrical gaffe on a tribute song to deceased rappers called “Hip Hop Speaks from Heaven.” As we previously reported, the hip-hop legend paid homage to the Beastie Boys‘ legacy but mentioned the wrong Beastie who passed away.

“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, like Chris Lighty and my man Bill Blass / When it comes to hip-hop, here’s the lesson / Start praising your own people, hip-hop speaks from heaven,” he raps.

Of course, Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch is the one who died not Ad-Rock, who is still alive and well. Clearly, this is an honest mistake on KRS’ part and he addressed the blunder in a statement via Twitter on Saturday (May 13).

“I am sending my sincere apologies to King Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys on a performance error that I made on a song entitled ‘Hip Hop Speaks from Heaven’ from my new album ‘The World Is Mind,’ reads the tweet below. “I mistakably paid respect and condolences to the wrong Beastie Boy member King Ad-Rock when it should have been MCA.”

“In light of this,” he continued, “I am redoing ‘Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven’ and pulling the original version off of my digital release. Historical accuracy is extremely important to me.”

Props to KRS-One for admitting his mistake and correcting it. Hey, nobody’s perfect, including the great Blastmaster. If you haven’t already, check out his album, The World Is MIND, at

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