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Beastie Boys

New York City, United States (1979 – 2014)

Beastie Boys were an American hip-hop trio from New York City, United States: Brooklyn and Manhattan. The members were Mike D (real name Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and, until his death in May 2012, MCA (Adam Yauch).

The Beastie Boys were the first successful white rap group and one of the few acts from the early days of hip-hop that still enjoyed major success their whole career Their rock and punk-influenced rap has had a significant impact on artists both in and outside the hip-hop scene, and they were the first rap group to gain a substantial following with alternative rock fans.

The Beastie Boys came together in 1979 as a punk band called The Young Aboriginies. In 1981 MCA joined the group and from the suggestion of their guitarist John Berry, they changed their name to Beastie Boys. Their line up then consisted of Adam Yauch (aka MCA) on bass, drummer Kate Schellenbach (later of Luscious Jackson), guitarist John Berry (of Big Fat Love), and Mike Diamond (aka Mike D) on the mic. Beastie Boys’ debut EP, the Pollywog Stew vinyl 7” was released in 1982.

The band’s first foray into hip hop, the Cooky Puss 12”, followed in 1983, with The Young and the Useless guitarist Adam Horovitz (aka Adrock) replacing John Berry. “Cooky Puss” would be the first B Boys record to receive play at NYC clubs like Danceteria as the band played its first shows outside the city.

The Mike D/MCA/Adrock Beastie Boys lineup debuted in 1984 with the “Rock Hard”/”Beastie Groove” 12.” Produced by Rick Rubin, who went on to produce albums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Audioslave. The “She’s On It”/ “Slow And Low” 12” followed in 1985 and Beastie Boys went on Madonna’s “Virgin Tour.” as her opening act.


Beastie Boys is an American hip hop group from New York City consisting of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.
In 1987, Licensed To Ill became the first rap album to hit #1 in the US.
They started their own record label, Grand Royal, in 1993 with Luscious Jackson the first signing. They shut it down due to financial difficulty in 2001. Other artists on the label include Sean Lennon and Atari Teenage Riot.
They are from New York City. They are all Jewish, but both Adams are half-jewish, and they never were brought up with religious traditions.
In 2003, Beastie Boys were involved in the landmark sampling decision, Newton v. Diamond. In that case, a federal judge ruled that the band was not liable for sampling James Newton's "Choir" in their track, "Pass the Mic." The sample used is the six-second flute stab.
The Beastie Boys began as a hardcore punk group in 1979, and appeared in the compilation cassette New York Thrash with Riot Fight and Beastie.
They are one of the longest-lived hip-hop acts and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2009, more than 20 years after the release of their debut album. On September 27, 2007, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On September 27, 2007 they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Beastie Boys came together in 1979 as a punk band called The Young Aboriginies.
The Beastie Boys also published Grand Royal Magazine, with the first edition in 1993 featuring a cover story on Bruce Lee, artwork by George Clinton, and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A Tribe Called Quest MC Q-Tip.
The 1995 issue of the magazine contained a memorable piece on the "mullet."
The Oxford English Dictionary cites this as the first published use of the term, along with the lyrics from the Beasties' 1994 song "Mullet Head".
The OED says that the term was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys."
In their April 2005 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #77 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

 

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