"I'm available to edit all sorts of videos and create all sorts of content. I'm also available for interviews, shenanigans, or if you just need a friend - Adam@hiddentracktv.com," reads part of the YouTube description for OutKast | "Ms. Jackson" | Muppets Version. Needless to say, after witnessing the sheer greatness that is Beastie Boys | "Sabotage" | Sesame Street Mashup on both Stereogum and NPR Music late last week, I quickly reached out to Mylo The Cat AKA isthishowyougoviral AKA Adam Schleichkorn just for sh*ts and giggles, thinking he most likely, wouldn't write back... but before day's end, Adam had already responded back to my email thanking me for contacting him and adding that "most websites just crank out articles" and generally, don't bother to reach out. From what I can piece together from the shattered shards scattered across The Internet, Adam Schleichkorn's storied history with "going viral" started back in 2006 on an unspecified YouTube channel wherein Schleichkorn was a "YouTube Partner" and readily admits he "got a little too caught up in generating views for ad revenue, which made my content suffer."
Soon after, Adam went on to form Hidden Track TV, which birthed Mylo The Cat AKA The Coolest Cat On The Internet and before too long, garnered wide-spread acclaim and featured appearances on 20/20, FOXNews, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Tom Green Show, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Extra!, and The Maury Povich Show. Adam Schleichkorn now runs a new, similarly-minded channel fittingly titled isthishowyougoviral and posts edited videos and content commonly referred to as either "Muppets Rapping" or "Muppet Mash-ups" videos. He's single-handedly created such side-splitting and meme-worthy content as Naughty By Nature | "Hip-Hop Hooray" | Muppets Version, Digital Underground | "The Humpty Dance" | Muppets Version, ODB | "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" | Muppets Version, Warren G-approved "Regulate" | Sesame Street Version, and Kendrick Lamar | "Swimming Pools (Drank)" | Rick and Morty Mashup. I'll just let Adam Schleichkorn take it from here:
"No prob. So, about three years ago, I created a Muppets/Beastie Boys mash-up that was my first "modern-day" viral video. People have literally been requesting another Beasties track since then, but I wanted to wait 'til I had an idea that could potentially top the original. The music video for "Sabotage" was always my favorite of all time. I remember being absolutely blown away when I first saw it on MTV all those years ago and it truly stands the test of time, as I still think it's incredible.
For a Beastie Boys song, though, it's very different from the others. Only one of the guys is rapping throughout, so I felt that a traditional lip-sync mash-up wasn't going to cut it. I also held off for years because that original was just so damn good. Once I came up with the idea to use clips from Follow That Bird, I was comfortable enough to attempt it. I knew it wasn't going to be an exact shot-by-shot re-make, but there are a bunch of scenes that align very closely with the original video."
- Adam Schleichkorn (Hidden Track TV)