The Beastie Boys’ astonishing career stretched across 30+ years, unspooling in conjunction with the rise and demise of various musical trends, while the trio maintained their spot at the peak of pop culture chic. Starting off as a teenage New York City hardcore band in the early ‘80s, within a few years, the trio of Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond and Adam Yauch transformed into hip-hop’s first rock stars.
“I don’t think I’m alone amongst their fans in saying they were almost like my Beatles”
From their smash 1986 debut Licensed to Ill, the first rap album to top the Billboard album charts, through 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the group released seven multi-platinum records. Each record in the catalog pushed the parameters of what hip-hop could be, mixing in the trio’s musical chops and signature sense of humor with their sampling and producing ingenuity.