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Beastie Boys Biography

Formed way back in 1981, in New York City, New York USA, Beastie Boys have remained together ever since with their unchanged line-up of guitarist Ad-Rock born Adam Horovitz, bassist Adam 'MCA' Yauch and drummer Mike D born Mike Diamond.

They emerged from the underground Hardcore-Punk scene, with an independent EP titled "Cookie Puss"; the trio, continued mixing Punk with Rap and heavy-Rock using samples and found fame as the first white Rap act in New York clubs.
They signed a contract with Def Jam in 1984 and recorded "She's On It", for the soundtrack of the movie "Krush Groove".

In late 1986 the threesome released the explosive debut full-length album, "Licensed To Ill" and sprang to the forefront of American popular music. The record was favorably reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine with the now-famous headline, “Three Idiots Create a Masterpiece”. The album crested at #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart on the strength of the transatlantic smash hit "Fight For Your Right" which peaked at #7 on The Billboard Hot 100. "Licensed To Ill" also climbed into the top 10 in U.K. and Canada and in the next few years went on to sell a total of ten million.

The subsequent album, "Paul's Boutique", released via the major label Capitol, didn't gain the praise and popularity compared to the trio's first effort and failed to enter the top 10 in U.S. but generated their first Modern Rock top 20 hit single, "Hey Ladies". The disc would eventually sell a million units, despite the initially weak commercial reception.

After various projects including their own independent label, Grand Royal, the Beasties returned to action in 1992 with "Check Your Head", which soared to #10 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart while the main single, "So What'cha Want", pierced the top 30 of The Modern Rock Tracks.

Two years later, Beastie Boys, with the double-platinum album "Ill Communication", reached again the top of The Billboard 200 and also topped the U.K. Albums chart; the 20-song set included "Sabotage", their second Modern Rock top 20 hit.

Their next album, "Hello Nasty", issued in the summer of 1998, followed its predecessor into the pole position in U.S. spawning "Intergalactic", which peaked at #4 on The Modern Rock Tracks, "Body Movin" hit #15 on the same chart and "The Negotiation Limerick File" cracked the top 30. The Beasties' fifth album also hit #1 in Australia, U.K. and #2 in Canada and finally won them a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance; during the same ceremony they received a second Grammy: Best Rap Performance for the first single, "Intergalactic".

The trio issued, a year later, the double-CD, "The Sounds Of Science", a retrospective collection that included unreleased material and three new songs. "Alive" was released as a single and entered The Modern Rock chart at #11.

In 2001 Mike Diamond, officially announced the shut down of the Grand Royal record label citing “mounting debts, decreasing assets and exceedingly harsh industry conditions”.

Beastie Boys resurfaced in mid-2004 with "To The 5 Boroughs", it immediately rose to #1 on the North American Albums charts; its main single "Ch-Check It Out" shot to #1 on The Modern Rock list and a second single cut, "Triple Trouble", hit #11 on the same chart.

Three years later they put out an all-instrumental album, "The Mix-Up", which reached #15 on The Billboard 200 and won a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

In May 2011 the veteran Hip-Hop trio released their album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two". The disc was originally scheduled to follow "Hot Sauce Committee Part One", but after Adam Yauch was diagnosed with throat cancer, the group decided to postpone the record indefinitely. The first single, "Make Some Noise", peaked at #7 on on the U.S. Alternative chart and the album hit #2 on The Billboard 200.

On May 4, 2012, Adam 'MCA' Yauch lost his battle with cancer at the young age of forty-seven.


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