Beastie Boys’ debut album certified diamond nearly 30 years after release

'Licensed To Ill' was released in 1986 and has now sold over 10 million copies

Beastie Boys‘ debut album ‘Licensed To Ill’ has been certified diamond nearly 30 years after its initial release.

According to the RIAA, the classic record has earned the certification for selling 10 million copies, as of March 4, 2015. The accomplishment places the trio in the elite group of hip-hop artists to reach diamond status, alongside 2Pac, Eminem and OutKast.

‘Licensed To Ill’ comprises some of the Beastie Boys’ biggest hits, including ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’, and ‘(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)’. Released in November 1986 and produced by Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin, the LP became one of the first successful hip-hop albums and was certified platinum in February 1987.


The hip-hop group have released seven more albums since ‘Licensed To Ill’, which have sold more than 40 million copies.

Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz have said their most recent LP, 2011’s ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, would be their last, following the death of founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Beastie Boys have delayed the release of their autobiography until at least 2017. In 2013 the two surviving members of the group signed a deal with Random House imprint, Spiegel & Grau.

When asked if the book was still due to come out in 2015, Horovitz responded by saying: “No!… There’s no way it’s going to happen [before 2017]. I might get sued by saying this, but I’m just being realistic.”