I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18.
People consider Black Star a great album, and I think it's a classic album. But the fact is, both me and Mos Def have made better albums since Black Star.
My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball... then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers. The most important thing I learned was that you control your crowd, not the other way around.
Honestly, you have to take care of yourself. That's probably something I have learned on the road.
Richard M. Helms