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About Beastie Boys
During its 80’s heyday, Hip Hop was almost entirely dominated by African Americans, which made the emergence of three fair-skinned New Yorkers with Jewish roots seem all the more outlandish.
However, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their 1986 debut Licensed to Ill, whose standout tracks “Fight for Your Right”, “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn”, and “Brass Monkey”, each received heavy airplay from Hip Hop and Rock stations alike.
The Beastie Boys followed up their early commercial success with yet another multi-platinum smash in Paul’s Boutique, which not only furthered their mass appeal, but also helped close the gap between themselves and a highly critical musical aristocracy that had previously ridiculed them as supposed “one-hit wonders”.
In 1994 the Beastie Boys became pop culture icons with the release of the Spike Jonze directed music video for “Sabotage”, whose brilliant parody of 70’s era crime dramas secured their place in the history books.
Influenced: Eminem, Beck, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit