The Beastie Boys

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The Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are one of the greatest rap/hip-hop groups in the history of the genre. They mastered their own style and influenced many other groups throughout their history in the music industry. For more than 25 years they have been performing and putting out records. They are one of the longest lasting rap groups, continuing to be successful to this day. The group was nominated for the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2007, for the year of 2008. In 1979, in New York City the musical group called The Young Aborigines was formed. They were originally a hardcore punk group, and sounded nothing like the up beat hip-hop that they are renowned for today. Originally, the members consisted of John Berry on guitar, Kate Schellenbach on drums, and Michael Diamond on vocals. In 1981 they were joined by Adam Yauch, who played bass. Yauch and Diamond took nicknames, Yauch was MCA, and Diamond was Mike D. This was also the year that they changed their band name to The Beastie Boys, which ironically, included a woman who played in the band. The group played a few gigs at local New York punk venues, and after being heard by other hardcore punk bands, they earned the opening slot for groups like Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, and the Misfits. In 1982, they recorded the cassette album Pollywog Stew with 171A Records. After this release, John Berry left the group and was replaced by Adam Horovitz who had the nickname of Ad-Rock. He had come from a punk band called The Young and The Useless. In 1983 the Beastie Boys put together their first rap track called “Cooky Puss”, and became a hit in the New York Underground scene. In 1984, Def Jam records signed The Beastie Boys and producer Rick Rubin saw their future as rappers and began to change them into a rap crew. They then released the album Rock Hard, which wasn’t very successful. Soon after this, tensions began to

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