Beastie Boys

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Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys live at Virgin Festival, 2007
Background information
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Hardcore punk
Hip-Hop
Years active 1979 — present
Labels Def Jam, Grand Royal, Capitol
Associated acts Mix Master Mike
Nathaniel Hörnblowér
The Dust Brothers
DJ Hurricane
Rick Rubin
BS 2000
Mario C
Bad Brains
The Young and the Useless
Thwig
Luscious Jackson
Website www.beastieboys.com
Members
Mike D
Ad-Rock
Mix Master Mike
Past members
John Berry
Kate Schellenbach
Rick Rubin
Doctor Dré
DJ Hurricane
Adam Yauch

The Beastie Boys are an American rap group. According to an interview with Charlie Rose, the word "Beastie" is the backronym of Boys Entering Anarchic States Towards Internal Excellence. They formed in 1979 as punk rock band, and are still performing music today. Their most famous albums are probably Licensed To Ill (1986) and Paul's Boutique (1989). Licensed To Ill is their debut album, and it is an album that is given credit for starting the type of music "rap rock", which is rapping done over rock guitar or beats. Paul's Boutique is an album famous for its use of samples, or snippets of music, and the fact that the samples were put together in creative, interesting ways.

Adam Yauch (1964-2012) was one of the founding members of the band until his death on May 4, 2012 after a near 3 year battle with cancer of the parotid salivary gland.

Current members[change | edit source]

Discography[change | edit source]

  • 1982 - Pollywog Stew (EP)
  • 1983 - Cooky Puss (EP)
  • 1984 - Rock Hard (EP)
  • 1986 - Licensed to Ill
  • 1989 - Paul's Boutique
  • 1992 - Check your Head
  • 1994 - Some Old Bullshit
  • 1994 - Ill Communication
  • 1995 - Root Down (EP)
  • 1995 - Aglio e Olio (EP)
  • 1996 - The In Sound from Way Out!
  • 1998 - Hello Nasty
  • 1999 - The Sounds of Science
  • 2003 - In A World Gone Mad (EP)
  • 2004 - To the 5 Boroughs
  • 2005 - Solid Gold Hits (CD + DVD)
  • 2011 - Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2

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