This time, issue # 2. The Beastie Boys haven't prospered this long without knowing exactly who their audience consists of, and so every issue of Grand Royal was filled accordingly with adverts for skate brands such as Vans, Droors and Supreme, punk-related labels like Dischord, Touch & Go, Revelation and Sub Pop, and your token middlebrow rap releases by The Pharcyde and pretty much everyone who ever put an album out via Mo' Wax.
But amongst them all there was this "WTF is some rap for actual black ppl doing in here?" moment with a full page advert for releases on Khayree's Young Black Brotha Records imprint by Ray Luv and Young Lay :
And this brings us to a question that's been troubling me for donkey's years now : What was best item of outerwear in a Young Black Brotha Records video? Here at The Martorialist we're torn between Ray Luv's sheepskin coat in the All About My Fetti promo and Ant Dog's tan duffle coat in the Definition Of A Hustla clip because, well, who the hell expects to see mid-nineties Bay Area gangsta-rappers looking like John Motson and Paddington Bear :
BONUS BEATS :
Mac Dre - I'm N Motion (1993)
That Grand Royal advert actually wasn't the first time that seemingly disparate worlds of Khayree and the Beastie Boys had collided because a couple of years earlier Khayree sampled Slow And Low on this, the greatest rap song recorded over the phone from prison (well, from Fresno County Jail) ever. Having said that, I wish Dre & Khayree had re-recorded this when he got released in 1997 because he rips it for nearly 6 minutes straight but most rap fans won't listen to it because they're pseudo-audiophiles who want proper vocals recorded through microphones in, like, real studios. This ain't Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield or Emerson, Lake & Palmer spending months multitracking kazoo solos through the Alpha 60 computer from Alphaville, cuzz.
Done recently posted a good Khayree interview he'd scanned.