Mike D's Hip Hop Semantics

  • Aired:  01/12/12
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Beastie Boys' Mike D drops some hip hop science on the New York Times illin' crossword debate. (4:09)

>> Stephen: OH, HEY.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

NATION, I HOPE YOU KNOW

WHENEVER A FRIEND OF THIS

SHOW IS UNDER ATTACK I LEAP

TO THEIR DEFENSE.

THAT'S WHY I WAS SO UP SET

ABOUT A RECENT ATTACK ON

"NEW YORK TIMES" PUZZLE

EDITOR WILL SHORTZ OR AS WE

CALL HIM IN OUR ANAGRAM

CLUB-- NOW WIZ HERE HAS BEEN

CATCHING HEAT FOR A CLUE IN

LAST SATURDAY'S CROSSWORD,

BACK IN HIP-HOP.

THE-- WACH IN HIP-HOP THE

ANSWER WAS ILLIN WHICH I

KNEW IMMEDIATELY WHEN I READ

THE ANSWERS ON MONDAY.

BUT WEB BLOGGER JULYIE ANN

SMOLINSKI GOT UP UP IN HIS

GRILL SAYING THE CLUE READS

WACK IN HIP-HOP AND THE

ANSWER IS ILLIN, THESE ARE

NOT THE SAME THINGS AT ALL.

AH, 4 LETTER WORD IS A SOUND

PRODUCED BY FINGAHS.

BUT IF YOU STEP TO WILL

SHORTZ HE WILL BEAT YOU DOWN

AND ACROSS.

THIS IS WHY DEAR JULYIE ANN

ACCORD TOGETHER DICTION' OF

AMERICAN SLANG EDITED BY RON

ERT CHAPIN ILLIN MEANS

STUPID INSANE, WACK DEFINED

AS WORTHLESS, STUPID.

THE DICTIONARY DEFINES ILLIN

AS BAD, UNCOOL SO IT SEEMS

TO ME THE CLUE IS FINE.

DAMN, GIRL, YOU JUST GOT

SHORTZED.

HE PULLED OUT TONY THORNE,

FACULTY LEXICOGRAPHER AT

KING'S COLLEGE IN LONDON, PH

TO THE D.

WELL, ONCE AGAIN I GOT TO

SETTLE IT.

AFTER ALL, I HAVE BEEN A

"NEW YORK TIMES" CROSSWORD

ANSWER AND I AM A HIP-HOP

LEGEND EVER SINCE YASSIN BEY

BEQUEATHED TO ME THE NAME

MOS DEF WHICH I BELIEVE

STANDS FOR MOST DEFINITIONS.

AND HERE TO HELP ME

DECONSTRUCT THE MEANING OF

ILLIN IS THE ONLY AUTHORITY

WITH A LICENCE TO ILL,

PLEASE WELCOME HEAD GRAMMARRIAN

OF THE BEASTIE BOYZ, MIKE D.

THANK YOU SOPH MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

SIT DOWN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELCOME, WELCOME.

DR. D, WHAT AN HONOR.

MI SURE YOU'VE HEARD ALL

ABOUT THIS TRAGIC DRIVE-BY

SHORTZING.

>> WELL, IT'S ALL THE TALK

OF THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY,

STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: SO MIKE, WHATCHA

WHATCHA WHATCHA THINK.

>> WELL, MR. SHORTZ AND MISS

SMOLINSKI MAKE SALIENT

POINTS WHEN EASYY E STATES

IN BOYS IN THE HOOD HOW HE

IS BORED AS HELL AND WANTS

TO GET ILL, WE CAN INFER

THAT GETTING ILL IS THE

OPPOSITE OF BOREDOM, A FORM

OF DIVERSION, IF YOU WILL.

>> Stephen: TRUE.

BECAUSE WANTING TO GET ILL

WHERE DOES HE GO, TO THE

SPOT WHERE HIS HOME BOYS

CHILL.

>> EXACTLY.

POINT, MISS SMOLINSKI.

HOWEVER IF IF I MAY POINT

TON EARLIER WORK, THE FIRST

MODERN USAGE OF ILLIN

APPEARS IN RUNNY AND C'S

RECORDING YOU BE ILLIN IN

WHICH THEY CLEVERLY OBSERVED

YOU PRECEDED TO EAT IT KUZ

YOU WAS IN THE MOOD BUT

HOMES, DID YOU NOT READ T IT

WAS A CAN OF DOG FOOD YOU BE

ILLIN.

>> Stephen: WELL, I THINK WE

CAN ALL AGREE THAT EATING

DOG FOOD FOR DIN CERTIFICATE

MOST CERTAINLY WACK.

>> PRECISELY.

POINT, MR. SHORTZ.

>> Stephen: SO IF I'M

HEARING YOU CORRECTLY, RIGHT

NOW IT IS A TIE.

>> NOT SO FAST, DR. COLBERT.

I REFER YOU TO 1986'S

ANTHEMIC TIME TO GET ILL.

IN THIS CASE, BEING A

FRAGMENT OF MENTALLY ILL.

AND THEREFORE AN EXERTATION

TO ABANDON'S ONE INHIBITIONS

AS OPPOSED TO ACTING BADLY.

>> Stephen: WELL, IT WOULD

BE CLEAR THEN, MY FRIEND

THAT WILL SHORTZ HAS BEEN

MIKE DENIED.

>> FAIRLY JULYIE ANN

SMOLINSKI IS THE VICKAR AND

IF I MAY, MR. SHORTZ, YOU BE

ILLIN.

>> Stephen: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, BEASTIE MAN MIKE

D.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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