Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

American hip hop band formed in New York in 1981 as a hardcore punk combo. After the success of their first hip hop track, "Cooky Puss" in 1983, they turned into a rap group that sometimes include punk rock tracks in their albums. From 1992 to 2001, they ran the Grand Royal label. The band officially stopped in June 2014, following the death of Adam Yauch in 2012.

Ad Rock (Adam Horovitz): vocals, guitar (1982-2014)
MCA (Adam Yauch): vocals, bass (1981-2012)
Mike D (Michael Diamond): vocals, drums (1981-2014)
John Berry (5): guitar (1981-1982)
Kate Schellenbach: drums (1981-1984)

+ touring members:
Rick Rubin (as DJ Double R): disc jockey (1984-1985)
Doctor Dré (Andre A. Brown) – disc jockey (1986)
DJ Hurricane (2) (Wendell Fite) – disc jockey (1986–1997)
Eric Bobo (Eric Correa) – percussion (1992–1996)
Money Mark (Mark Ramos-Nishita) – keyboards, vocals (1992–2014)
AWOL (Amery Smith) – drums (1994–1995)
Alfredo Ortiz – drums, percussion (1996–2014)
Mix Master Mike (Mike Schwartz) – disc jockey, turntablist and backing vocals (1998–2014)

Beastie Boys Discography


Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Mexico 1986 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique (Album) Capitol Records, Beastie Boys Records Japan 1989 Sell This Version
4XPRO-79696 Beastie Boys Beastie Boys (Advanced Cassette Sampler)(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Capitol Records, Beastie Boys Records 4XPRO-79696 US 1989 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Check Your Head (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Grand Royal Japan 1992 Sell This Version
SPCD 1747 Beastie Boys Some New Bullshit(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd, Promo) Capitol Records SPCD 1747 France 1992 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Hip Hop Sampler Capitol Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Some Old Bullshit (Comp, Album) Grand Royal, Grand Royal UK 1994 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys The Sampler Capitol Records, Grand Royal UK 1994 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Ill Communication (Album, Comp) Grand Royal, Grand Royal, Brooklyn Dust Music, Brooklyn Dust Music US 1994 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (Album, Comp) Grand Royal US 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 37716 2 2 Beastie Boys Hello Nasty(CD, Album, Ltd) EMI 7243 8 37716 2 2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys To The 5 Boroughs (Album) Capitol Records Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys The Mix-Up (Album) Capitol Records Argentina 2007 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Album) Capitol Records, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Brooklyn Dust Music US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Beastie Boys Polly Wog Stew EP (EP) Rat Cage Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Cooky Puss (Maxi, EP) Rat Cage Records, Rat Cage Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Rock Hard Def Jam Recordings US 1984 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys She's On It (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia UK 1985 Sell This Version
CS7 2264 Beastie Boys Slow And Low(7", Single, Promo) Def Jam Recordings CS7 2264 US 1985 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Hold It, Now Hit It (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia US 1986 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys Brass Monkey / Posse In Effect (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
Beastie Boys It's The New Style / Paul Revere (Single) Def Jam Recordings Canada 1986 Sell This Version
CAS 2554 Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) / Girls(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CAS 2554 US 1986 Sell This Version
DEF PRO 402 Beastie Boys No Sleep Till Brooklyn / Rhymin' & Stealin(7", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, CBS DEF PRO 402 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version

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December 22, 2016
More than a decade after their genre-blending Licensed to Ill (which added rock guitar riffs and frat-boy humor to hip-hop), the trio still delivers their lyrics in a Run-D.M.C. pass-the-mic style. Their backing tracks, however, have progressed through the sample-a-rama of Paul's Boutique to the mostly organic Check Your Head and Ill Communication, and onto the turntablist-incorporating Hello Nasty. As the boys who helped usher rap into the mainstream, they've proved to be responsible stewards, pushing the envelope of the genre's sound, evolving lyrically, pushing political agendas and reigning at the top of the charts without selling out to pop conventions. Always ahead of the curve, the Beastie Boys were among the first "big name" acts to embrace MP3 technology as a way of promoting their music -- much to the chagrin of their handlers at Capitol Records.
...You've gotta fight, for your right, to party!!! R.I.P. MCA


December 13, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
The Beastie Boys! What can i say?!
The Greatest & most unique, influential Hip Hop bands in the history of Hip Hop! Nuff said! RIP Adam Yauch!


August 10, 2015
Thank you very much to the Beastie Boys, you'll be loved for ever. R.I.P. MCA.


May 14, 2012
RIP MCA, your are the best of the best group of HIP HOP of all times.
Beastie Boys is the most creative group, lyrics, song and clips.
Thanks you very much for all. &(


May 10, 2012
MCA rest in peace. On this page is his legacy.


May 7, 2012
it's soo sad - i can't believe it. thanks for all the music and the inspiration. r.i.p. adam "mca" yauch.


May 5, 2012
they were an inspiration to millions! RIP MCA.


May 5, 2012
Respect MCA (Adam Yauch) - your music with Beastie Boys will always be remembered. RIP.

Long time fan.

May 22, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Definately one (if not the only) best hip-hoppers left in the world. Ever since their appearance in the 1980s, these boys have kept to the roots of Hip-Hop and still rap about what is best; nonsense.

Unlike the black hip-hoppers from the 80s who evolved to "Gansta" Rappers in the 90s, these boys have still kept to their original style and still know how to make no sense in music. Try to check out some of their tracks, you will never grow bored of them.

I hope these boys still stay in the hip-hop game and never give up producing good beats and rhymes, compared to the noise pollution of today's Gansta rap music.

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