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Beastie Boys

Formed: 1979 in New York, NY
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Genre: R&B, Rap, Pop/Rock
Group Members: Adam Horovitz, Mike D, DJ Hurricane, MCA, Rick Rubin, Kate Schellenbach, Ad-Rock, John Berry, Adam Yauch
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
Paul's Boutique
Released: 1989
Label: EMI
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Such was the power of Licensed to Ill that everybody, from fans to critics, thought that not only could the Beastie Boys not top the record, but that they were destined to be a one-shot wonder. These feelings ...Read full review
Check Your Head
Released: 1992
Label: EMI
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Check Your Head brought the Beastie Boys crashing back into the charts and into public consciousness, but that was only partially due to the album itself -- much of its initial success was due to the cult ...Read full review