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Screen shot 2013-05-31 at 6.26.51 PM.pngHesta Prynn A.jpegIn this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.









New Yorkers are officially having a love affair with NY1, the 24 hour "news network" that comes free with your Time Warner Cable package. Many who live the self-employed lifestyle leave NY1 on all day and I believe it's developed a cult following amongst artists, musicians and writers across the five boroughs. Let's be real -- Pat Kiernan could walk down the street in any other city in the world and no one would know who the hell he was. By contrast, I met Pat Kiernan at an event on Tuesday night and lost my shit. In this week's Five 'n' Five, I pair five of the most amazing NY1 segments with songs from another NYC staple, the Beastie Boys.

Pat Kiernan: "Sure Shot" - The Beastie Boys

Giving new meaning to the term "local celebrity," millions of people eat breakfast with this man every day. The anchorman of NY1, Kiernan reports on the 2013 Mayoral candidates -- one of whom is being investigated by the FBI for fraud, another who is most famous for tweeting photos of his own penis -- at 5 o'clock in the morning. The snark factor is high.

In the News: "Remote Control" - The Beastie Boys

God's gift to morning television, this segment features Kiernan literally holding up the day's newspapers in front of a camera, turning the pages and summarizing what each story is about. You can see his fingers in the frame as he is serving total DIY realness. It's basically your BFF in the nail salon going through an US Weekly, except it's being broadcast to the entire city.

Jamie Shupak: "Sabotage" - The Beastie Boys

Jamie Shupak is the drama queen you went to high school with (literally in some of our cases) who now does the weather. I am not the only one who thinks that she is trying to kick it to Pat. (BTW his wife is a total babe.)

Cooking at Home: "Finger Lickin' Good" - The Beastie Boys

Chef Dan Eaton (pronounced eatin') cooks in his own kitchen, but seeing as this is New York City, his kitchen is approximately 2 feet by 2 feet. The production value of this segment is so low it's confusing.

Whipple's World: "Hey Ladies" - The Beastie Boys

Do you have an older male relative who is a total ham and pretends to host a "celebrity gossip" segment, which is being filmed by their equally old male friend who can't figure out how to use a camcorder circa 1980? Eyebrows are his thing. It's Whipple's World.

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