DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Beastie Boys f/ Cypress Hill "So What'cha Want (Soul Assassins Remix)" (1992)

Album: "So What'cha Want" 12 Inch
Label: Capitol Records, Grand Royal

DJ Muggs: “The Beastie Boys reached out at the time. Anyone who comes out that’s hot at the time that the streets are loving, that’s usually who everyone wants remixes from. Everybody wants that sound. So the Beastie Boys reached out to me, and I was like, ‘Wow.’ I was the biggest Beastie Boys fan. Anything from Def Jam, I didn’t give a fuck what it was, I was buying every Def Jam record. All I had to see was ‘Def Jam,’ it was getting bought. Anything Rick Rubin did. We were trying to tap into that rock and roll energy that Run-DMC has, Public Enemy has, the Beastie Boys have, Wu-Tang has it, and we have it. It’s that rock and roll energy that just transcends.

“So, I went in the studio with them, and did the remix. Then I called B, because all the remixes I would get, I would call B to get B-Real on it, because I thought it was good for us, and at the same time, he’s my best friend. So I called him in to spit on that, and fuck, it was dope.

 

I was the biggest Beastie Boys fan. Anything from Def Jam. I was buying every Def Jam record. All I had to see was ‘Def Jam,’ it was getting bought.

 

“I think that was the first time I got five Gs for a track. I think I got maybe eight grand for the whole Cypress album. So when I got five grand [for the Beasties remix] I was like, ‘Damn!’ See, I was DJing, and getting into a lot of DMC battles and stuff like that at that time. So I was like, ‘Damn, I’m getting fifty dollars to DJ a club for four hours, and I’m getting five grand to do a beat. Let me just stick with the beats.

“We went on the Beastie Boys and Henry Rollins tour, and we opened up for them, which was great. That’s how we met Eric Bobo, who became down with us. Those guys were so cool, just taking us, and being fans of our music, and us being brand new.”

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