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Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys are an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group has consisted of three MCs and musicians Michael “Mike D” Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam “MCA” Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (vocals, guitar).

Originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band in 1981 by Michael Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Adam Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach (drums), the band appeared on the compilation cassetteNew York Thrash, before recording their first EP Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch “Cooky Puss”, the group transitioned to hip hop in 1984 and released a string of successful 12-inch singles. The Beastie Boys toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill on Def Jam. The group sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, “the biggest-selling rap group” since 1991.

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Licensed To Ill

Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986. It was the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart. It was also one of Columbia Records’ fastest-selling debut records to date and eventually sold over 9 million copies in the United States. The album was certified platinum by…

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Since 1984: Beastie Boys - "Licensed To Ill" Released 27 Years Ago!

27 years ago today (November 15th, 1986) the Beastie Boys released their debut album Licensed To Ill on Def Jam Recordings/Columbia. It was also one of Columbia Records’ fastest-selling debut records to date and eventually sold over 9 million copies in the United States. Kerry King of Slayer made an appearance on the album playing…

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Beastie Boys- Licensed To Ill

Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986. It was the first rap rock LP to top the Billboard album chart. It was also one of Def Jam Records’ fastest-selling debut records to date and eventually sold over 9 million copies in the United States. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source‘s 100 Best…

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Beastie Boys "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)"

Beastie Boys “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” official video from their debut album “Licensed to Ill”

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Krush Groove

Krush Groove is a film is based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (renamed Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut. Russell Simmons was the film’s co-producer and story consultant; he also has a cameo role in the film as a club owner named Crocket. Difference between the movie & film. Krush…

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Beastie Boys "No Sleep Til Brooklyn"

Beastie Boys’s video for “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” from their album License to Ill.

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