Last week, my friend Rusty had the opportunity to ask Adam Horovitz about the source of the sample. Horovitz kindly obliged him with the answer. I was standing there and heard it too. Stupidly, neither of us wrote down the answer. Later, when we tried to recall the name, we drew a blank.
Thankfully, questions may be asked again, and that's what happened this week. Parkey, a member of the Beastie Boys Message Board, was able to repeat the question when interviewing Horovitz and Mike Diamond for an article to be published in Clash magazine. Unlike Rusty and me, Parkey had paper and pen. He documented the answer.
The source of the mashed potatoes sample -- according to Adam Horovitz and courtesy of Parkey -- is comedian Mantan Moreland from his album That Ain't My Finger.
Although we have been unable to find the specific track from Moreland's album featuring the sample (
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