The last post about De La Soul reminded me of this other collab the Biz did. Drunken Praying Mantis Style is one of many tracks Biz Markie did with the Beasties, two of which were included on the Sound Of Science compilation, but this one is only on the B side of Pass The Mic 12″. As always with the Beastie Boys records, there are a dozen different pressings of the 12″, all with different tracklistings.
The song is like one of those moody funk jam that the Beastie Boys start doing after they build their own studio. Quite honestly the song is not anything special, and if Biz Markie was not in the studio at that moment I bet that Mario C. wouldn’t have push Rec. on the DAT. For some reason they put a snippet from an old school Busy Bee tape at the beginning of the song. I don’t know why people always bring Biz Markie’s name when talking about beat box, because he never really impressed me, and this song probably captured one of his worst drum machine impersonation. Well, as the name of the song implies, the Biz was not really himself when they did that so we forgive him. It’s funny to notice that Biz Markie is not credited on the cover, even if he is on the label but as the Grand lmperial Dr Marcel Hall.
The 12″ also includes an untitled song (those who know better calls it Netty’s Girl ) which is in the same vibe as the previous one, except that this time it’s Mike D who tries to prove us he can sing worse than Biz Markie. OK, I know these are two weird tracks, but it also included the Skills To Pay The Bills remix of Pass The Mic, it’s really dope and it’s technically a B side only release as well ! Just like the original version the remix has a million samples in it but not all playing at the same time, but they got rid of the big rock guitar (a Bad Brains sample I think). The remix kept the infamous James Newton flute loop which, ten years after they release the song, got them into a strange legal battle that they won.