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Beastie Boys News

Beastie Boys settle legal action with toy company over parody advert

Mike D and Ad-Rock of rap group reach settlement with GoldieBlox

  • Mar 18, 2014

Campaign for 'Paul's Boutique' intersection to be named 'Beastie Boys Square' rejected

Community board in New York vote against fan's attempt to honour hip-hop group

  • Jan 31, 2014

Director Spike Jonze: 'Beastie Boys and I wrote a film script together'

Rap trio's 'Sabotage' video inspired unmade movie We Can Do This

  • Dec 24, 2013

Petition calls for 'Paul's Boutique' intersection to be named 'Beastie Boys Square'

The hip-hop group's 1989 album cover was shot at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets in Manhattan

  • Dec 17, 2013

Beastie Boys counter-sue toy company GoldieBlox over copyright claim

The company used the song 'Girls' in an advert without asking the band's permission

  • Dec 11, 2013

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Beastie Boys Music Videos

Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold) [Full Length, Ultra HD and Explicit Director’s Cut] Play Video

Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold) [Full Length, Ultra HD and Explicit Director’s Cut]

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Make Some Noise Play Video

Make Some Noise

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Fight For Your Right (Revisited (Trailer)) Play Video

Fight For Your Right (Revisited (Trailer))

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3 MC`s & 1 DJ Play Video

3 MC`s & 1 DJ

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Intergalactic Play Video

Intergalactic

Watch the official Intergalactic video by Beastie Boys in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Beastie Boys Biography

Beastie Boys are an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of three MCs and musicians Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar).

Originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band in 1981 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. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch "Cooky Puss", the group transitioned to hip hop in 1984 and released a string of successful singles. The Beastie Boys toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill. The group sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, "the biggest-selling rap group" since 1991.

With seven platinum or better albums from 1986-2004, the Beastie Boys are one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide, and they continue to enjoy commercial and critical success more than 25 years after Licensed to Ill. 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. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, "just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007)." The following month, MCA died of cancer of the parotid salivary gland.

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