Beastie Boys Biography

Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group 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 made their transition 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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Monster Beverage Corp issue statement after losing Beastie Boys lawsuit

The company say they will appeal the decision

  • Jun 7, 2014

Beastie Boys win $1.7 million in lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp

The band triumph in the copyright case with the drinks company

  • Jun 6, 2014

Beastie Boys' Mike D says the band promised MCA they would not make new music after his death

The surviving members of the band are in the midst of a trial in New York against Monster Beverage Corp

  • Jun 2, 2014

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock to take the stand in Monster Energy Drink copyright case

The band are taking the beverage brand to court over using their music in a promotional video

  • May 25, 2014

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

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