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Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

April 21st, 1986

1979 in New York, NY

Hip Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s


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As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, both of whom accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren't pirating — instead, they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the D.I.Y. aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart. Of course, the exaggerated b-boy and frat-boy parodies of their unexpected hit debut album, Licensed to Ill, didn't help their cause. For much of the mid-'80s, the Beastie Boys were considered macho clowns, and while they dismissed that theory with the ambitious, Dust Brothers-produced second album, Paul's Boutique, it was ignored by both the public and the press at the time. In retrospect, Paul's Boutique was one of the first albums to predict the genre-bending, self-referential pop kaleidoscope of '90s pop. The Beasties refined their eclectic approach with 1992's Check Your Head, where they played their own instruments. Check Your Head brought the Beasties back to the top of the charts, and within a few years, they were considered one of the most influential and ambitious groups of the '90s, cultivating a musical community not only through their music, but with their record label, Grand Royal, and their magazine of the same name.

Top Albums

Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys
1. Licensed to ..
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Beastie Boys
2. Hot Sauce Co..
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Beastie Boys
3. Hot Sauce Co..
Solid Gold Hits, Beastie Boys
4. Solid Gold H..
Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys
5. Paul's Bouti..
Ill Communication, Beastie Boys
6. Ill Communic..
Beastie Boys Anthology - The Sounds of Science, Beastie Boys
7. Beastie Boys..
Check Your Head, Beastie Boys
8. Check Your H..
Hello Nasty, Beastie Boys
9. Hello Nasty
The In Sound from Way Out! - Instrumental Music, Beastie Boys
10. The In Sound..
Paul's Boutique (20th Anniversary Remastered Edition), Beastie Boys
11. Paul's Bouti..
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Beastie Boys
12. Hot Sauce Co..
Solid Gold Hits, Beastie Boys
13. Solid Gold H..
To the 5 Boroughs, Beastie Boys
14. To the 5 Bor..
The Mix-Up, Beastie Boys
15. The Mix-Up
Check Your Head (Deluxe Version) [Remastered], Beastie Boys
16. Check Your H..
Hello Nasty (Remastered), Beastie Boys
17. Hello Nasty ..
Ill Communication (Remastered), Beastie Boys
18. Ill Communic..
The Mix-Up (Bonus Tracks) - EP, Beastie Boys
19. The Mix-Up (..
Some Old B******t, Beastie Boys
20. Some Old B**..

Top Songs

Fight for Your RightLicensed to Ill3:27$0.69
Brass MonkeyLicensed to Ill2:37$1.29
No Sleep Till BrooklynLicensed to Ill4:06$1.29
SabotageIll Communication2:58$1.29
Paul RevereLicensed to Ill3:40$1.29
GirlsLicensed to Ill2:14$1.29
IntergalacticBeastie Boys Anthology - Th..3:32$1.29
So What'cha WantBeastie Boys Anthology - Th..3:37$1.29
Sure ShotIll Communication3:19$0.99
Make Some NoiseHot Sauce Committee Part Tw..3:30$1.29
IntergalacticHello Nasty3:51$1.29
She's CraftyLicensed to Ill3:35$1.29
SabatogeBeastie Boys Anthology - Th..2:59$1.29
Hold It Now, Hit ItLicensed to Ill3:26$1.29
Rhymin' and Stealin'Licensed to Ill4:08$1.29
Don't Play No Game That I Can..Hot Sauce Committee Part Tw..4:11$1.29
Ch-Check It OutSolid Gold Hits3:10$0.99
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)Solid Gold Hits4:08$0.99
So What'cha WantCheck Your Head3:37$1.29
SabotageSolid Gold Hits2:58$1.29
Slow and LowLicensed to Ill3:38$1.29
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To..Def Jam Recordings - Let Th..3:28$0.69
IntergalacticSolid Gold Hits3:30$1.29
Hey LadiesSolid Gold Hits3:48$0.99
Time to Get IllLicensed to Ill3:37$1.29

Top Music Videos

No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Beastie Boys
1. No Sleep Till ..
Hold It Now, Hit It, Beastie Boys
2. Hold It Now, H..
Sabotage, Beastie Boys
3. Sabotage
Make Some Noise, Beastie Boys
4. Make Some Nois..
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party), Beastie Boys
5. (You Gotta) Fi..
Intergalactic, Beastie Boys
6. Intergalactic
She's On It, Beastie Boys
7. She's On It
Fight for Your Right (Revisited), Beastie Boys
8. Fight for Your..
So What'cha Want, Beastie Boys
9. So What'cha Wa..
Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold), Beastie Boys & Santigold
10. Don't Play No ..
Hey Ladies, Beastie Boys
11. Hey Ladies
Body Movin', Beastie Boys
12. Body Movin'
Sure Shot, Beastie Boys
13. Sure Shot
Shake Your Rump, Beastie Boys
14. Shake Your Rum..
Brass Monkey (Live At Madison Square Garden), Beastie Boys
15. Brass Monkey (..
Three MCs and One DJ, Beastie Boys
16. Three MCs and ..
Alive, Beastie Boys
17. Alive
Pass the Mic, Beastie Boys
18. Pass the Mic
Root Down, Beastie Boys
19. Root Down
Gratitude, Beastie Boys
20. Gratitude


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