One of the first ever bands to experiment with the mixing up of the Hip Hop, Rock and Punk genres.
There are countless bands that should give credit to the Beastie Boys for kick starting this crossover.
Formed out of New York City in 1981.
Originally formed as a four-piece Hardcore Punk band, The Young Aborigines, in 1978 by Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach (drums), the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, before recording their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. Berry left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental Hip Hop 12-inch "Cooky Puss", Schellenbach dropped out and the group made a full transition to a more Hip Hop oriented sound, although their Punk and Rock edge was always evident, earning them a fan Base that crossed genres.
After releasing a string of successful singles, The Beastie Boys then toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill.
They sold 26 million albums in the United States and 50 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, "the biggest-selling Rap group" since the magazine began recording sales data in 1991.
With seven platinum or better albums from 1986–2004, the Beastie Boys were one of the longest-lived Hip Hop acts worldwide.
In 2009, the group released digitally remastered deluxe editions of their albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. Their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was released in 2011, and received positive reviews.
The following month, MCA died of cancer of the parotid salivary gland. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch.
1) Licensed to Ill (1986)
2) Paul's Boutique (1989)
3) Check Your Head (1992)
4) Ill Communication (1994)
5) Original Ill (1997)
6) Hello Nasty (1998)
7) To the 5 Boroughs (2004)
8) Legendary (2007)
9) The Mix-Up (2007)
10) Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011)
Members Name Check
- John Berry – guitars (1981–1982)
- Mike D – vocals, drums (1981–2012)
- Kate Schellenbach – drums, percussion (1981–1984)
- MCA – vocals, bass (1981–2012)
- Ad-Rock – vocals, guitars (1982–2012)
Touring Members Name Check
- DJ Double R – disc jockey (1984–1985)
- Doctor Dré – disc jockey (1986)
- DJ Hurricane – disc jockey (1986–1997)
- Eric Bobo – percussion (1992–1996)
- Money Mark (Mark Ramos-Nishita) – keyboards, vocals (1992–2012)
- AWOL – drums (1994–1995)
- Alfredo Ortiz – drums, percussion (1996–2012)
- Mix Master Mike – disc jockey, turntablist and backing vocals (1998–2012)