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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. Licensed to Ill dropped in fall 1986 and became the first Beastie Boys album--and the first Rap album ever--to go #1. Fueled by Fight for Your Right and No Sleep Till Brooklyn it remained at #1 for seven weeks and simultaneously reached #2 on the urban chart, becoming the fastest selling debut to date for Columbia and the first hip hop record to break 5 million. In 1989 Beastie Boys released their second album Paul’s Boutique produced by Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers. Paul's Boutique laid down the blueprint for a generation of emergent genres and went over the collective head of a nation. The likes of "Shake Your Rump," "Lookin' Down The Barrel Of A Gun," "Car Thief," Shadrach," and the hip hop "suite" "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" contained lyrical and musical references too plentiful and diverse for the average mind to compute in one sitting. Check Your Head, released in 1992, heralded the return of live instrumentation into the B Boys mix. The album was produced by the band and Mario Caldato Jr. (who first worked with B Boys as engineer on Paul's Boutique), Check Your Head would yield a watershed of new B Boys staples, including So Whatcha' Want, Pass The Mic, "Gratitude" and "Jimmy James." With the assistance of Keyboard Money Mark, Eric Bobo and assorted percussionists, Beastie Boys returned to the touring circuit and Check Your Head hit double platinum. In the summer of 1994, Ill Communication, also produced by the band and Mario Caldato Jr., entered the charts #1. The album featured such hits Sure Shot and Sabotage. Ill Communication was supported by Beastie Boys' first arena headline tour since the '80s. Following the tour's conclusion, Beastie Boys recorded and released Aglio e Olio consisting of eight songs clocking in at 11 minutes, the EP recalls the vintage hardcore punk of the band's infancy. On July 14 1998, their fifth album titled Hello Nasty was released. Spurred by the monster success of the "Intergalactic" single and video, the record clocked first week sales of nearly 700,000 in the U.S. and went straight in at #1 in England, Germany, Australia, Holland, New Zealand and Sweden. Early in the tour, Beastie Boys made live tracks available for free download to fans unable to attend the shows-and were blindsided by their label pulling the tracks down. Having closed 1998 by accepting the Video Vanguard lifetime achievement honor at the MTV Video Music Awards, Beastie Boys rang in 1999 with Artist, Band and/or Record of the Year accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New Yorker and Playboy, among others. A month later, at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, the now quadruple-platinum Hello Nasty took Best Alternative Music Performance, while "Intergalactic," nailed Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group--the first time an artist has ever won in both Rap and Alternative categories.1999 would also see "Intergalactic" take Best Hip Hop Video honors at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Beastie Boys' sixth studio album, To The 5 Boroughs, released in summer 2004, was the band's third consecutive #1 debut-and Rolling Stone magazine's only 5-star review of the year. To The 5 Boroughs was supported by world tour - traveling pageant - supported by Talib Kweli and Bob Moore's Amazing Mongrels (yes, a live dog show, hence the pageant appellation). 2006 saw the release of the film, Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!, a concert film made up of footage filmed by audience members, which debuted at Sundance in early 2006 and was released theatrically the same year. In 2007 Beastie Boys released The Mix-Up, first ever full length offering of all-new, all-original instrumental recordings. On February 3rd, 2009, they digitally remastered and released Paul's Boutique on their website. The band's next record, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" was released in the first quarter of 2011. It features the same tracklisting as the previously announced "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1", which was delayed indefinitely after Yauch was diagnosed with a tumor on his parotid gland (which was successfully removed). Bassist and vocalist Adam Yauch died on May 4, 2012 of cancer. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch. "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died," Diamond said. "We can't make new music." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tracks We Played

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)

Last Played on May 23, 2015 10:13am

Hey Ladies

Paul's Boutique
Last Played on January 28, 2015 10:46am

Sabotage

Ill Communication
Last Played on September 29, 2014 12:01pm

Sure Shot

Ill Communication
Last Played on September 18, 2014 5:56am

Just the Two of Us

Last Played on July 18, 2014 5:06pm

Paul Revere

Lisence To Ill
Last Played on June 07, 2014 11:01am

Hold It Now, Hit It

Licensed to Ill
Last Played on June 03, 2014 6:42am

So What'cha Want

Check Your Head
Last Played on May 30, 2014 8:29pm

Triple Trouble

Solid Gold Hits
Last Played on May 12, 2014 7:11am

Body Movin'

Hello Nasty
Last Played on April 02, 2014 6:09am

Root Down

Ill Communication
Last Played on March 18, 2014 12:28pm

Sounds Of Science

Paul's Boutique
Last Played on March 12, 2014 7:03am

Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Last Played on March 09, 2014 10:48pm

Intergalactic

Hello Nasty
Last Played on March 07, 2014 8:23pm

So What'cha Want

Check Your Head
Last Played on February 19, 2014 5:54am

Finger Lickin' Good

Check Your Head
Last Played on February 18, 2014 7:06am

Lighten Up

Check Your Head
Last Played on February 15, 2014 10:06am

Johnny Ryall

Paul's Boutique
Last Played on February 12, 2014 6:36am

The New Style

Licensed to III
Last Played on January 22, 2014 7:07am

Intergalactic

Hello Nasty
Last Played on January 11, 2014 11:54am

Make Some Noise

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Last Played on January 03, 2014 4:08am

Shadrach

Paul's Boutique
Last Played on January 02, 2014 10:49am

THREE MC'S AND ONE DJ (LIVE VERSION)

Beastie Boys Anthology - The Sounds of Science
Last Played on January 02, 2014 7:46am

NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

Liscensed to Ill

POW

POW
The In Sound From Way Out!

Don't Play No Game I Can't Win

SABOTAGE

Ill Communication

BIG SHOT

Live (Single)

THE MOVE

Hello Nasty

AN OPEN LETTER TO NYC

To The 5 Boroughs

BRASS MONKEY

Licensed To Ill

TIME TO GET ILL

Licensed To Ill

BRASS MONKEY

Licensed To Ill

Son Of Neckbone

The in Sound From Way Out!

Son Of Neckbone

The in Sound From Way Out!

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)

LIGHT MY FIRE

Aglio E Oilo

SHE'S CRAFTY

Licensed to Ill

I DON'T KNOW

Hello Nasty

GROOVE HOLMES

The In Sound From Way Out!

PROFESSOR BOOTY

Check Your Head

SABROSA

The In Sound From Way Out!