Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

About Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys crashed into the mainstream in the mid-'80s rapping about "The New Style" and yelling "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)," but Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz, and Mike Diamond soon abandoned pounding, aggressive rap-rock for the dense sampladelic vistas of Paul's Boutique, which was revered by hip-hop aficionados and pointed the way to the genre-bending, self-referential pop culture of the '90s. They played a vital role in that decade, starting with 1992's punk-rap-jazz fusion Check Your Head, extending through 1994's Ill Communication (thanks in no small part to the campily retro video for "Sabotage"), and ending with the 1998 chart-topper Hello Nasty. Yauch's death from cancer in 2012 broke up the band, but Horowitz and Diamond later reconvened for posterity with an entertaining book and documentary.

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    1979

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