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)


CYA 1217 Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill album art Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia CYA 1217 Hong Kong 1986 Sell This Version
BB1 Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill (Instrumentals) album art Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill (Instrumentals)(LP, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Beastie Boys Self-released) BB1 US 1986 Sell This Version
CDP-591743, CDP 591743, CDP 5 91743 Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique album art Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique (Album) Beastie Boys Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records CDP-591743, CDP 591743, CDP 5 91743 US 1989 Sell This Version
4XPRO-79696 Beastie Boys - Beastie Boys (Advance Cassette Sampler) album art Beastie Boys Beastie Boys (Advance Cassette Sampler)(Cass, Advance, Promo, Smplr) Capitol Records, Beastie Boys Records 4XPRO-79696 US 1989 Sell This Version
none Beastie Boys - Check Your Head album art Beastie Boys Check Your Head (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Grand Royal none US 1992 Sell This Version
CYH001 (L-39594) Beastie Boys - Check Your Head (Show Vinyl) album art Beastie Boys Check Your Head (Show Vinyl)(LP, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Beastie Boys Self-released) CYH001 (L-39594) US 1992 Sell This Version
SPRO-79461 Beastie Boys - Hip Hop Sampler album art Beastie Boys Hip Hop Sampler Capitol Records SPRO-79461 US 1994 Sell This Version
GRAND1 Beastie Boys - The Sampler album art Beastie Boys The Sampler Capitol Records, Grand Royal GRAND1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28599 4 Beastie Boys - Ill Communication album art Beastie Boys Ill Communication (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Grand Royal 7243 8 28599 4 Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
BB-SV-5-A/B Beastie Boys - Show Vinyl Record 5 Misc. Breaks album art Beastie Boys Show Vinyl Record 5 Misc. Breaks(LP, W/Lbl) Grand Royal BB-SV-5-A/B US 1998 Sell This Version
CDPP 064 Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty album art Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (Album, Comp) Capitol Records CDPP 064 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
BB-SV 2 Beastie Boys - Show Vinyl 2 - Paul's Boutique album art Beastie Boys Show Vinyl 2 - Paul's Boutique(LP, W/Lbl) Grand Royal BB-SV 2 US 1998 Sell This Version
BB-SV-6 (GR061-I) Beastie Boys - Show Vinyl Record 6 / Hello Nasty album art Beastie Boys Show Vinyl Record 6 / Hello Nasty(LP, W/Lbl) Grand Royal BB-SV-6 (GR061-I) US 1999 Sell This Version
MOTR 0X0 Beastie Boys - CBGB's 1982 album art Beastie Boys / Reagan Youth / The Young And The Useless Beastie Boys / Reagan Youth / The Young And The Useless - CBGB's 1982(CDr) Rat Cage Records MOTR 0X0 US 2002 Sell This Version
none Beastie Boys - Interview Disc - To The 5 Boroughs   album art Beastie Boys Interview Disc - To The 5 Boroughs Capitol Records none France 2004 Sell This Version
none Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs album art Beastie Boys To The 5 Boroughs (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up album art Beastie Boys The Mix-Up (Album) Capitol Records none 2007 Sell This Version
509990 26148 2 3 Beastie Boys - Hotsaucecommitteeparttwo album art Beastie Boys Hotsaucecommitteeparttwo (Album) Capitol Records, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Brooklyn Dust Music 509990 26148 2 3 US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MOTR 21C Beastie Boys - Polly Wog Stew EP album art Beastie Boys Polly Wog Stew EP (EP) Rat Cage Records MOTR 21C US 1982 Sell This Version
MOTR 26, MOTR26 Beastie Boys - Cooky Puss album art Beastie Boys Cooky Puss (Maxi, Single) Rat Cage Records MOTR 26, MOTR26 US 1983 Sell This Version
DJ002 Beastie Boys - Rock Hard album art Beastie Boys Rock Hard Def Jam Recordings DJ002 US 1984 Sell This Version
44-05292 Beastie Boys - She's On It album art Beastie Boys She's On It (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 44-05292 US 1985 Sell This Version
CS7 2264 Beastie Boys - Slow And Low album art Beastie Boys Slow And Low(7", Single, Promo) Def Jam Recordings CS7 2264 US 1985 Sell This Version
44-05958 Beastie Boys - It's The New Style / Paul Revere album art Beastie Boys It's The New Style / Paul Revere (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 44-05958 US 1986 Sell This Version
38-07020 Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey / Posse In Effect album art Beastie Boys Brass Monkey / Posse In Effect (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings 38-07020 US 1986 Sell This Version

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February 9, 2020
"And your Mum threw away your best porno Mag",,, "It wasn't " ,, i use to love hearing that! and so i played it Hard as a 14 year old,, now 46 and i still ain't forgiven my Mum for putting a Big Dirty Scratch through my 12" of Fight for your right to party! she hated that song and my wall was full of posters and newspaper clippings and when they Toured i remember having an article entitled "Lock up your Daughters as The Beastie Boys are coming to town",,, she ripped it off the wall and also Ripped up my Big Poster 5 foot long,, and i also remember my mum asking me what i wanted for christmas,, i told her a 4 pack of Budweiser,, that was one of my happiest times at christmas,, starting the day after 4 cans of Bud,,and then onto the Spirits,, i rarely drink now and it goes to show that the beastie boys did not turn everyone into a drunk party animal in their adult life,, back when teenagers knew their limits and the only crime was stealing VW Badges off cars, it got so bad the company started giving them away for Free in the UK,, real talk and history,, Anyone who disses The Beastie Boys from when they was teenagers of that Era was nancy boys who liked Erasure,, and i remember collecting all the 12" Records and the VW Picture Disc which some bastard stole! along with many other 12" and LP#s or EP's i had,, those were the days before this era of MP3,,, music was mainly sold on Records , CD and Cassette,, i am glad that Vinyl has made a come back but the days of finding great records cheap are getting harder to come by,,, i lived my life before my time as at 46 things are not the same and i believe in progression but Kids nowadays!,, thus why they want the 1980's to come back,, boy do i miss them days before everyone got distracted by mobile phones and Ipads,, now my age is showing although already mentioned,, as i listen to the music kids like and it is crap,, i remember adults telling me the same thing! HA HA


October 23, 2019
Growing up in the 80’s, I was never a huge fan of Rap. It’s mostly because most of it was extremely violent and it seemed racially motivated by bands such as Public Enemy and NWA. I have complete respect for what they we’re doing and why they we’re doing it now as an adult! It’s a genre of music that I like better now as an adult and have come to love more in this divided world we are currently living in. I can better understand the animosity of these bands and what they we’re doing with their “Art Form” at the time now more than I could as a teenager. It wasn’t exactly clear to me back then, but it’s completely understandable why Black American’s we’re so political and are still completely pissed off at this Country now that I’m 50 years old!

I discovered the Beastie Boys with the release of their debut album which I like it a lot more now than when it first came out. MTV played “Fight For Your Right” far too much. This was when MTV actually played videos 24 hours a day. I just got tired of hearing the song so much. Since then I have the album and it’s a great album from beginning to end. I didn’t get hooked on them until there follow up album. In my opinion, their sophomore album “Paul’s Boutique” is their best album. It’s just an incredible album and with the amount of sampling, this album would cost millions to produce now. I was just amazed that they we’re signing about crazy things like mentioned in the song “The Eggman”. It’s just like something that I would have done as a teenager. Their later albums became more refined and incorporated more Rock like sounds, but they are all just as amazing albums, each in its own way, as well! I guess their antics were more relatable to me as a teenager than songs about selling cocaine and shooting police officers and unfortunately other rap artist views on what I now completely understand, the blatant racism that they faced and still face everyday. I guess I was just nieve about how much racism was going on in this Country and how it affected many Black communities.

It’s just incredible how three White Jewish guys from Brooklyn broke onto the rap scene and completely changed everything I had ever perceived about Rap music. It had nothing to do with race, but their songs were about prankster type antics, not about selling drugs or other things that I thought were extreme at the time. Now as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of what most rappers we’re saying with music. It’s actually made me buy albums by artist like NWA and Public Enemy. As an adult, I see what they we’re doing visually in videos and what messages their songs were intended to send out to America. Stop the hatred of Black people!

It’s very similar in many ways to my experience as being a gay man and the fight against homophobia. I now understand what many Black communities we’re going through with drug related violence and suppression by Hate! Hatred was not something I was taught by my mother. She viewed it as wrong and it a ideology that wouldn’t be tolerated in our house. I wasn’t raised to hate others because of their skin color or any other reason. Unfortunately in the past couple of years, hatred has been allowed to be on public display and sadly I’m surprised at the number of people who are filled with hatred! It’s police officers and politicians and people who are secretly hiding their racist views. It’s completely disgusting that so many people are filled with hatred and it is something they we’re taught as children by their parents or their social environment as hate is not a genetic trait! I now respect what bands like Public Enemy and NWA we’re saying back then as I see the hatred first hand by others in mass numbers. I had no idea how much hate actually existed in America. We elected a Black President for two terms and I thought that most of the hatred of ethnicities was something we had finally put behind us. Sadly I was completely wrong and now people are not afraid to admit their racist. It’s completely unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated in this or any other Country!

Thank you to the The Beastie Boys for helping me personally understand that what you we’re doing at the time was a wake up call that has changed my personal views on a genre of music that I use to not care for that much. You actually opened my eyes about a huge problem in our Country that has affected our lives forever and that’s Hatred! Life is too short and we’re all human beings who have ambitions and dreams that shouldn’t be smashed by ignorance!




October 2, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
This band is part of my life. The first memory is No Sleep Till Brooklyn followed by Fight For Your Right, by now one of my least favorite tracks. But back than i was in awe over that song. They followed me through my youth and i remember buying Ill Communication like it was yesterday. That was for me the first album i ever bought on CD and i the first album i could rap along with most tracks. It's a shame it all came to an end like this, but as for all great things in life it has an ending. Like life itself, and more than often way too soon.
Thank you Beastie Boys for shaping my taste in music and the part you played for me in the most important years of my life.


August 18, 2018
i love these guys so much
sadly i never will se then live and stuff.... but maybe someday they will release something new, like that book about then, some lost songs or something like that haha
much love for adam yauch


March 5, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
A brilliant rap band to whom i will always be fond of as they were a big part of my life growing up as a kid as all the rap groups were big around that time, shame to hear of 2 band members passing away at such a young age. a lot of there vocals have since been ripped and used in the rave scene on various records.


August 25, 2017
some of the greatest musicians of all time to grasp the mic!


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 over 6 years 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. &(

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