Beastie Boys

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2012

Inducted by: Chuck D & LL Cool J

Nominated in: 2008   2011   2012

First Eligible: 2008 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Adam "MCA" Yauch

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2012 (ranked #91) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Licensed To Ill (1986)
Paul's Boutique (1989)
Check Your Head (1992)
Ill Communication (1994)
Hello Nasty (1998)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) (1986)
No Sleep Till Brooklyn (1986)
Brass Monkey (1986)
Paul Revere (1986)
Hey Ladies (1987)
So What'cha Want (1992)
Sabotage (1994)
Intergalactic (1998)
Ch-Check It Out (2004)

Beastie Boys @ Wikipedia

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151 comments so far (post your own)

Beastie Boys were some of the first white rappers

Posted by Zach Iuliucci on Wednesday, 07.19.06 @ 23:11pm

the beastie boys had the first hip hop album ever to go #1. & they have made sum incredible music & deserve to be enducted

the point is finally the hall will have a hip hop artist & the beastie boys are well respected rappers so they deserve to be in the hall.

Posted by denise on Friday, 07.21.06 @ 20:18pm

hell yeah!

enough said.

Posted by Dana on Friday, 07.21.06 @ 20:58pm


Posted by bridget on Saturday, 07.22.06 @ 09:58am

hell yeah they should!!! they are the best!!!

Posted by Katy on Saturday, 07.22.06 @ 19:27pm

Why doesn't the HALL put in Grandmaster or whoever so they don't take "Heat" and then put Beastie Boys in? The Boys have a massive cult following so don't piss us off. PUT THEM IN.

Posted by Ben on Sunday, 07.23.06 @ 13:10pm

Pah! I thought this was Rock and Roll, not hip hop, wtf are these guys doing on this list?

Posted by Samakar on Monday, 07.24.06 @ 13:08pm

Pah! I thought this was Rock and Roll, not hip hop, wtf are these guys doing on this list?

Posted by Samakar on Monday, 07.24.06 @ 13:08pm

are you serious wat is ur definition of ronk-n-roll, i hope not nirvana..etc if u dont kno rocknroll= ur history...its a mixture of music that lead to Rock... oyea ur welcome

Posted by dc3 on Tuesday, 07.25.06 @ 15:37pm

/\ /\

While I only managed to grasp the slightest sign of rational thought in that post, I will respond to what I (unfortunately) could comprehend.

rocknroll does not equal sex. Rock n Roll is a musical expression of life, basically, not anymore though, sadly. But back when the whole Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly style rock n roll was wearing off, and 60's pyschedelic rock was becoming prominent. IE: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Beatles, The Doors, Janis Joplin. You know, the hippy bands. Rock wasnt just MUSIC anymore, it was more like thought, and poetic expression, best example is Hendrix's "Axis:Bold as Love" or Dylans "Highway 61 Revisited" or Sgt Peppers. Hendrix delved into physcedelia, Dylan sank into surrealism and The Beatles fell into.......lucyintheskywithdiamonds......ism.

Rock n roll is much more than just music. And Nirvana is regarded as grunge, not rock. And the Beastie Boys other than having a horribly lame name, suck, and are not rock n roll. Period.

Posted by Ian on Sunday, 07.30.06 @ 00:33am

beastie boys have as much influence in rock music as they do rap. beasties are revolutionaries and have never lost enthusiasm for what they do. viva la beastie boys.

Posted by jason on Sunday, 07.30.06 @ 18:13pm

Um, the beastie boys have right to be on here, if you want to criticize rap do it on the jay-z center or something

Beastie Boys did influence rock, just listen to Beck, they deserve to be on here. so now all we have to do is wait...

Posted by theamazingbender on Saturday, 08.12.06 @ 21:29pm

The Beastie Boys were one of the greatest white rap groups of all time so why not. They're taleneted and good at what they do.

Posted by Duck on Wednesday, 08.16.06 @ 17:37pm

The Beastie Boys will be a shoe-in (After Run-DMC and possibly Grandmaster Flash) as one of the first rap artists inducted. Their first 2 albums were incredible, but that would not have been enough; thier clincher was in '94 when they reinvented themselves to appeal to 'alt-rock' fans. In fact, 'Ill Communication' straddles so perfectly between classic rock and rhymes that it put the Beasties in a category all thier own.

Posted by DaveYes on Tuesday, 08.22.06 @ 14:20pm

The Beastie Boys can't be limited to the "white" category or the "rap" category. Look at their contributions to music in general. And if some purist wants to insist that true rock & roll is obnoxious music that your parents would hate, they covered that base with their first platinum album. Sadly, I don't think that Grandmaster Flash or the Sugarhill Gang will get the first Hall of Fame nod, despite their contributions.

Posted by Ontario Emperor on Monday, 10.2.06 @ 00:43am

lets pretend the only thing the beastie boys ever recorded was 'license to ill' with the single 'fight for your right'. i think they would belong in the RRHOF because of the influence that rock single had on countless kids (who formed bands whose music i do not like, but thats not the point) who bought the record and listened to the rest of the tracks and then owned what was by and large a "rap record". i was one of these kids. and we never would have bought a GM flash or sugarhill gang record... ever. im not saying GM Flash doesnt have a place in the RRHOF. he does and its next to robert johnson as an 'early influence'. unfortunately the early influences catagory seems to end at 1950. apparently the idea that any other form of music has influenced rock since 1950 is silly to the museums board. instead what they have done is move these influences into the main catagory... like bob marley and miles davis with the purpose of selling tickets. they dont belong there. they both had a huge impact on rock but they werent rock musicans. i love both of them as much as anyone but its wrong. and this is not a racist statement. jimi hendrix, sly stone, james jamerson, yes yes yes.

the larger issue is the politics of the museum nominating commitee which saw fit to put eric clapton in three times and the beatles a total of seven. granted their contributions are enormous... but the fact that the board is unable to control their love/lust long enough to give one of those spots to someone else is unfortunate. and i love EC and the beatles. it seems unlikely that the board will overcome their own predilections and acknowledge the contribution of the BBs. but they have sold a hell of lot of records and money talks, so its possible.

regarding Ian on Sunday, 07.30.06... if you think for second that nirvana arent going in the very second it's possible you have been deluded my friend. someone says the word nirvana and the museum board hears a cash register.

Posted by Craig on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 11:18am


Posted by kroosh on Wednesday, 11.22.06 @ 20:19pm

Nirvana sucks Kurt killed himself cause he made shitty music..Beasties all the way

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 11.26.06 @ 16:02pm

To whoever said something about Ill Communication being a turning point or whatever... listen to Check Your Head (which came out in 1992). There's about 4 true hip-hop songs on the whole thing. The three of them play instruments, they began as a punk band, they get airplay on rock radio, their influence on rock music is vast, etc. Adam Yauch is an awesome and underrated bassist. If you're reading this but you're not a huge fan and want to find out more listen to (download) the following: Futterman's Rule, Gratitude, Believe Me, Heart Attack Man, Time For Livin', In 3's, Live at PJ's, Remote Control, I Don't Know. There's more music they've done that one could classify as rock, but these are some highlights IMO.

Posted by Adam on Sunday, 12.24.06 @ 00:35am

Like the above post suggests, the Beastie Boys are more then just rappers. Not that it's huge credibility, but I took a course called "History of Rock" at the University of Texas. At it's core, you cannot have Rock 'n Roll without the influence of African beats, which would eventually progress into more structured (yet adlib) styles such as jazz. Simplified, the "mid" notes (notes rarely heard in music of any generation) would pave the way for rock and roll. Thus, if you considered the Beastie Boys as just a hip hop group (which you would do if you only knew them in the '90's), then they should be considered. BUT, if you knew anything about the B-Boys, then you would know that they actually started out as a Hard Punk group. Though they weren't inovators in this genre, they were popular among the underground. And once hip hop started up (which actually had it's first public appearences in CBGB), punks such as the B-Boys picked it up and ran with it.

Thus, historically the Beastie Boys truly did innovate music. They should be considered more then just "white rappers", but rather 3 Jewish kids who changed the faced of music by popularizing it and making it accessible to all audiences.

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Posted by Jules of Rock on Saturday, 12.30.06 @ 15:15pm

rap= eww. if youre going to induct rappers you might as well induct country singers. their music is more similar to rock than rap is. but then what about ROCK? this is the ROCK hall of fame, and it should stay that way. yet many deserving ROCK groups never get inducted! i'm tired of hearing about what a wonderful thing rap is. it takes a very minimal degree of talent. if you wanna know good music, try hendrix, zeppelin, the police, etc.

Posted by Alice on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 22:13pm

I'd actually say rap is harder to perform than rock. It's possible for a guitar player or singer to coast on natural talent and not work very hard (although that's not reccomended) but no one becomes a good rapper without thousands of hours of practice. Flow, rhythm, and a good poetic sense are skills that have to be learned; you aren't born with them.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 22:49pm

or are you?

Posted by aquemini on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 23:58pm

I hope they put rap and country in soon, and if Grandmaster Flash gets in one rap artist should every year after that, the first after him being these awesome Jewish kids. Willie Nelson isn't in? I'm not a country fan at all but come on! It doesn't matter if the Beastie Boys are RnR or not... if you're a great musician with a lot of influence you deserve a spot in the hall. Sorry this is my first post btw so don't hurt me.

Posted by Paul K. on Friday, 01.5.07 @ 21:30pm

They mix rap and rock on some songs( sabotage for instance) so you should let em in. I listen to classic rock as well as old school rap. They deserve the same respect as Jimi hendrix and The Beatles. I mean, they were a part of the early hardcore punk scene, and they influenced a lot of rock groups, so let em in...

Posted by Nixer on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 10:59am

Ian, you're an idiot. Please stop talking about Hendrix; he would've loved the Beastie Boys.

God, I love insulting stupid people! It's like kicking children.

I feel weird about the Beastie Boys getting inducted before Run DMC or LL Cool J. I kinda wouldn't mind putting them off for a year or two until the Big Two of their era are safely in. But obviously the Beastie Boys are about as sure a thing as things get.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 07:58am

Personally, I think it would be hard to name another act that defined their generation the way Beastie Boys did. They drove suburban America toward hip-hop, they were trendsetters in music and fashion not once but several times over. With a couple exceptions, they re-invented their sound on each subsequent album. Add to that their political influence (after the License to Ill persona) and they have truly had a bigger impact on generation x than anyone else.

Posted by Matt on Thursday, 01.25.07 @ 13:44pm

Although at first glance it would not appear that the Beastie Boys would deserve induction before more "important" black rappers, Mike D, MCA and King Ad Rock are important in their own right. Over the years, white kids have been in large part the primary record buying audience for rap and hip-hop records, and much of that can be attributed to the Boys' success. They crossed over and brought rap into the mainstream. Also, don't forget that the Beastie Boys made the Sgt. Pepper's of hip-hop with Paul's Boutique, an album that never sold as well as Licensed to Ill but whose influence is undeniable. Over the years, the Boys have matured into legitimate artists who have championed a number of worthy causes in their music and activism. Also don't dismiss their more than worthy video collection, which is genius in its own right (remember the "Sabotage" video). All in all, the Boys deserve induction along with such other hip-hop contemporaries like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and N.W.A.

Posted by Mr. Jones on Thursday, 01.25.07 @ 20:04pm

They deserve to be inducted on the strength of "Paul's Boutique" alone.

Posted by Thomas on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 06:46am

Not in their first year though...the first rap pioneers have to get in first before them.

Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 11:50am

Beastie Boys are not rock, they dont deserve to be inducted.


Posted by RS on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 13:30pm




Posted by Recognize on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 19:03pm

i like the beastie boys but the point is its the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame, not the hip hop hall of fame

Posted by isaac on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 13:45pm

Yes, definitely listen to Futterman's Rule by the Beasties, such a good song.

And whoever was saying the Beatles have no clue over the influence of the Beatles on modern music. Yes, sometimes critics get carried away, but so many artists list the Beatles as one of their main influences. They include Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), and countless others. True, they took alot from Chuck Berry, Buddy Holiday, the Beach Boys, etc. but their place in music history is set.

And back to the Beasties, I love them.

Posted by jeff on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 18:12pm

THE RRHOF is a total joke. It is supposed to be Rock, not rap or hip hop. Just because the Beastie Boys thow some guitar in there, does not make it rock. I like the BB, but as for induction to the ROCK way. And, since grandmaster flash got in, the hall has shown what a lame joke that it is, esp. when much more deserving ROCK bands like Rush, Yes, Boston, and Deep Purple cannot even get in.....give us all break

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 03.28.07 @ 22:59pm

"i'd actually say rap is harder to perform than rock. It's possible for a guitar player or singer to coast on natural talent and not work very hard (although that's not reccomended) but no one becomes a good rapper without thousands of hours of practice."

Kit, you say some really retarded things on this board and this might be the dumbest one yet. There's a reason why rappers have improv contests in their music-because it takes no real talent or effort at all. You can cut ten rap albums from the phrases "yo yo yo", "n!gga", "suck my dick, ho" and "kill da cops" alone.

As for the Beastie boys-they're not even a rock band so why are they even being considered

Posted by Creepozoid on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 02:35am

THIS IS THE ROCK HALL OF FAME, NOT THE RAP HALL OF FAME! I do not care if some of their songs had guitar put to them. The overwhelming majority of their songs are just rap with no rock overtones. Do not try to confuse people about the changing music scene and about the definition of rock music. That would be like someone trying to validate putting Garth Brooks in the RRHOF, because at some point in his career he might have had rap elements on certain songs. Ridiculous. By the way it is not harder to perform rap than actually play an instrument. Most musicians do not coast by on natural talent, and spend years perfecting their sound on whatever instrument they play. You could also make the argument that many rappers coast by on their natural talent. That they don't have to work hard at it because it comes natural. By the way rap isn't music. They play no instruments. Some producer in the studio hires musicians to play the music or it's programmed. Hell they even flat out rip rock songs off all the time. What the hell is so hard about talking in rhyme? What a joke. RAP SUCKS!

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 06:47am


Posted by evan on Tuesday, 04.17.07 @ 21:03pm

"no one becomes a good rapper without thousands of hours of practice. Flow, rhythm, and a good poetic sense are skills that have to be learned; you aren't born with them."

Now, how could he possibly know this to be true? Obviously he cannot. Plus, have never met a baby that came out of the uterus playing guitar. Last time I checked that is something that is learned too and takes thousands of hours of practice.

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 05:56am

Mike is right.
The fact of the matter is that it is the "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame. I don't have anything against Rap, Hip Hop, or the Beastie Boys, but by nominating them into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, wouldn't you be doing an injustice to everyone else who has ever performed music by not considering them; Mozart, Wes Montgomery, Hank Williams Sr, Robert Johnson, etc. If you want to nominate The Beastie Boys into something than the Hip Hop Hall of Fame should be created, in which case they will have my vote.

Posted by anonymous on Wednesday, 05.2.07 @ 13:13pm

anonymous, Hank Williams Sr. and Robert Johnson are both already inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As are Miles Davis, BB King and Howlin' Wolf. The Hall seems to take (rightly so) a broad view of "rock and roll" and considers artists who transcend tight categorization and who influenced and contributed to rock and roll, even if they were primarily considered artists of another genre. The Beasties might apply.

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 05.2.07 @ 16:28pm

THat is a different anonymous - BB King should of course be in the hall - that is a no brainer

Posted by Anonympus on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 18:04pm

THat is a different anonymous -
Posted by Anonymous

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Poetic.

Posted by anonymous#3 on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 10:15am

Look, what is rock and roll? Who says that rock and roll has to be a roll call of the following: Lead singer, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, and drummer. I mean, last time I checked the definition of "rock and roll" was pretty broad. Just because a band uses sampled beats and electronic noises to make music, who says that isn't rock? And I don't know if anyone has noticed, but for those of you that think that the only way something can be rock is if it has the "required" instruments listed above, have you noticed that The Beastie Boys do all play instruments? Just a thought.

Posted by JKS on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 01:05am

BTW, the Beasties might be hip-hop, but the rock radio station here enjoys playing their songs. Many of their songs do have guitar riffs in it as well and can be seen more as a rap rock song...No Sleep Til Brooklyn, Fight For Your Right, Sabotage, all have a ton of rock-like of the songs features a guitar solo by Kerry King.

The Beasties are also the cause of rapcore...many rapcore bands, especially RATM were probably influenced by them. They'll be in, but not on their first shot.

Posted by maplejet on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 11:34am

"definition of "rock and roll" was pretty broad"

True, but Beasties are NOT categorized as Rock and Roll, they are categorized as Rap, Hip Hop, etc.

So much for that...

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 05.16.07 @ 19:51pm

This is one of those bands where you can't pigeonhold them in a genre. Songs from "Ill" onward appear more on Modern Rock radio than rap radio. "Paul's" has become known as one of the most important albums in alternative rock and they even played their own instruments (well, too!) on "Check Your Head" and "Ill Communication". They'll get in. Not first year, though.

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 14:18pm

Someone said The Beasties were "one of the first white rappers" actually they were THE FIRST. I grew up in BedStuy so I didn't listen to them as much as Kurtis Blow, GMF, Spoonie Gee, The Treacherous Three, etc. I caught them doing an interview with Run-DMC while on the Krush-Groove Tour and I was stunned to see just how much these three Jewish Kids really knew about Hip-Hop.

If that wasn't enough, these guys have been INNOVATIVE from the word GO!! Constantly changing up their sound and always seeming to find something that HITS. INTERGALACTIC IS THE SHEEET, and that spans over a decade from their "Color Coordinated" Puma Warm-Up suits. Beasties Deserve to go in.

Posted by Jason on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 15:07pm

Going by the factors that the Hall does, I don't see how there's any way that the Beasties could be left off the list. In all honesty, I place them as one of the most influential artists that's ever worked in popular music. Fact is, they had the first rap album to hit #1 (as was stated earlier), in addition to having the same album (Licensed to Ill) become the first rap album to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. Their later career's nothing to sneeze at either--all their records have gone platinum, and they've written some of the most defining and cutting edge songs of the past 30 years (see: anything from Paul's Boutique, "Sabotage," "So What'cha Want," "Intergalactic," etc.) They're video pioneers too--one of the few artists we have left that's not interested in making a video just to make one. But the biggest factor in my opinion is that they're one of the few genre-bending artists we have today. They're equally at home on rock and hip-hop charts without anyone else remixing their songs (for example, the absolutely terrible rock remix of the already absolutely terrible "This Is Why I'm Hot").

Considering that, their political muscle (not to be understated), and their influence--like them or not, they brought rap to the mainstream--they have to be included in the Hall. Rock and roll is not just a sound--it's an attitude. Look at some of the artists that are considered to be rock and roll--Johnny Cash? Bob Dylan? If these guys came out today, we'd hear them on X Country on XM Radio...but it's that attitude that made them rock and roll. And the Beasties have plenty of that.

Posted by Zack on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 07:50am

I think a lot of good stuff has been said in support of the Beasties. I think they deserve a nod, even if the RRHOF is mostly a popularity contest. A lot of the people who think rap is talentless obviously have never tried to write a hip hop song that doesn't sound like an obvious parody of the most generic pop crap that gets overplayed ad noiseum on the radio. People who disrespect an entire genre of music they don't like are entitled to their opinion, but not respect, because they obviously have none for anyone else's taste. I don't hate on rock music just because it's descended into commercial drivel (much like modern hip hop, but hey, there's always the underground), I know it will reinvent itself at least once a decade... as hip hop does. People were telling me rap was a fad while they rocked to hair metal and Motley Crue (among others), but I knew better even back then. To deny that hip hip had any relevance on rock n roll is absurd... music is a progression (for better or worse) and it all gets thrown in the melting pot of influence. Whether that is a good or bad thing is for history to decide, not for the narrow minded people who adopt the Ted Nugent attitude that Rock N Roll peaked in 1974. Grow up, look for something new that you like, there's a whole wide world of music out there.

Posted by Alemus on Thursday, 05.31.07 @ 03:00am

The Beastie Boys better be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, so they have a few years to first induct any pioneers that are important to the evolution of Hip Hop, like the Sugerhill Gang and Run-DMC.

But Licensed to Ill (1986) was such an influencial album! Listen to it immediately followed by NWA's Strait Outta Comptom if you don't believe me. The Beasties are directly responsible for "West Coast" so they deserve all the props they have coming to them for that along.

But after NWA, the next Beastie album was another leap forward, leaving the orgin of West Coast behind. And so on. And to think that they are still fresh on every album is a testament to their power.

Posted by Will Mindspin on Monday, 06.11.07 @ 22:00pm

These guys are actually listed as Alt Rock now on many stations and sites. Ringtones and radio stations and such. There backround instruments usually involve rock songs ("Sabotage") and even odball instruments and synths ("Girls" and "Intergalactic") They deserve it, but I'm afraid they won't get in...

Posted by Holty on Friday, 06.22.07 @ 18:14pm

The new Beastie album is all instrumental jams!!! "The Mix Up". It's the new style!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 06.23.07 @ 15:45pm

People shouldn't think about the Beastie Boys as strictly hip-hop, they've embraced a wide array of genres and really set the tone for the freewheeling, anything goes kaleidoscopic sounds of much 1990s alternative music and beyond. (Beck, anyone?) If the hall is worried about inducting them as rappers, they just need to emphasize their dense genre bending, which is the true character and contribution of their music.

The Hall has its share of problems but inducting rappers, country artists, and folks from other genres are NOT among them. They get the bigger picture and that's important.

Posted by Jonas on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 03:00am

It's takes balls to be the Beastie Boys. Definitely.

Posted by Seth on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 20:00pm

Hello Nasty as the essential album???? Their best album is still their first one, Licensed to Ill, with Ill Communication a close second, Pauls boutique is good too.

Posted by Randy on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 13:03pm

Who in thier right mind would put Beastie Boys, who are not even Rock, on the ballot and not Metallica.

Posted by Dean on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 11:06am

They are punk/hip-hop. They do play guitar/bass/drums. Maybe listen to "Sabatoge", "Fight for Your Right", "Gratitude". If it wasn't for them, Rapcore wouldn't exist. if they don't get inducted, then anyone else that does Rapcore like Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Linkin Park etc ... shouldn't get inducted when their time comes.

Posted by MKO on Thursday, 10.11.07 @ 13:48pm

"anyone else that does Rapcore like Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Linkin Park etc ... shouldn't get inducted when their time comes."

that would have been totally true had you left 'when their time comes' off the end.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 10.11.07 @ 15:03pm

Rage against the machine have never said that the beastie boys have influenced them.Their influences are more in rap(Public enemy, Afrika Bambaataa) Punk(they are all great Clash's fans they covered songs by Mc5 and te stooges)and clssic rock than in the rapcore acts so it's not true at all what you said MKO. To those who are going to say, they cite Beastie boys in Renegades of Funk, they cite all great politics-musicians, I don't think they are influenced by James Brown or Curtis Mayfield

Posted by roméo on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 07:44am

The B.B.'s deserve whatever accolades that come their way. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stopped being about Rock and Roll years ago. I don't think we can use that arguement any longer. Let them in and give them their props. But can someone please send the nominating committee "Billion Dollar Babies" and the complete Cheap Trick catalogue. Thnx!!

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 13:08pm

Is the HOF joking? The Beastie Boys are not RNR. If anything they should be in the L.I. Music Hall of Fame for acheivement in Rap music in NYC and LI but not in a HOF for RNR bands. Jann Wenner to me doesn't know the TRUE meaning of RNR
and shouldn't have anything to do with this orginization.

Posted by Anoyomous on Thursday, 11.8.07 @ 17:25pm

Ad ,MCA,and Mike before Jay, Run, and Dee has somebody been smoking or is it just me!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 07:50am

Beaetie boys rock!!! I think it would be nice if thay got in...

Posted by whyerkin on Tuesday, 11.27.07 @ 09:30am

Well everyone, sorry to break the worst news I've heard in a while, they got passed over! What BS!!! I guess we can still hope for 2011! And for all the people who talk about their rap, dude, have you not heard "Sabotage"? and Listen to "Euguene's Lament" and "Transitions", two of the best instrumentals, I've ever heard.

Posted by Jeremy on Thursday, 12.13.07 @ 16:08pm

Saying that The Beasties don't belong because they're not "Rock and Roll" means that the most INFLUENTIAL bands are not the point. Metalica is not "Rock", they're Thrash, but they are incredibly influential to all styles of music, the same as the Beasties. The main criteria for induction is not number of hits, popularity or style of music, it's influence on music in general. Because of this, Hank Williams is in, as is Lois Armstrong. And deservedly so, they are both great influences. Just because the Beasties' influence is on a more recent generation, don't think that it is any less important. I would put them in front of some of the rap pioneers that have been talked about here, because I don't believe most of them have the same overall musical influence. Not to say that they weren't great, just not in the same way as these guys. There are many bands now ready or soon to be that will cause a lot of controversy because of the style of music that they played. Metalica, Megadeth and Anthrax are all bands that changed the face of Rock & Roll, but some will classify them as "noise", and argue that they don't belong because they don't understand the point of the hall to begin with.

"Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll"

This, to me, screams for bands exactly like this one.

Posted by TAG on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 11:46am

"Is the HOF joking? The Beastie Boys are not RNR. If anything they should be in the L.I. Music Hall of Fame for acheivement in Rap music in NYC and LI but not in a HOF for RNR bands. Jann Wenner to me doesn't know the TRUE meaning of RNR
and shouldn't have anything to do with this orginization."

Rush is not rock n' roll. Not in the slightest.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 14:36pm

Beastie Boys started as a rock band, then moved to hip hop, currently they reside somewhere inbetween, and have been highly influential in both counts. Without the beasties music would be very very different today. They spearheaded sampling in hip hop, they were among the FIRST to be considered 'gangster rap' by the definition of 'gangster rap' they helped push hip hop into the main stream, as well as bluring the boundry between punk and hip hop. The beastie boys music can be considered rock / funk / hip hop / rap / scratch.

Posted by Eternal on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 05:03am

Absolutely 100% yes, they should be in, in my opinion.

Posted by K-Money on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 11:02am

i cant believe madonna was inducted and the beasties boys werent, its the first discracethe hall has made

Posted by Jon on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 18:01pm

its the first discracethe hall has made - Jon

There have been a few others before this one.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.23.08 @ 07:34am

"Ill Communication"

'nuff said.

Posted by Kevin on Friday, 07.11.08 @ 13:49pm

I'm doing a power point over the Beastie Boys, of course they should get in.

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 12:10pm

Yes - Absolutely - If Madonna is in,.... then The Beastie Boys should be inducted. They took the world by storm in the 80's and only got better with age. One of the most insane live shows I've EVER had the pleasure to witness.

Vote 'em in the class of 2009 people!!

Posted by RIP LeRoi on Wednesday, 08.20.08 @ 13:20pm

The Beatsie are great and should be induced in the future, but I think they have to wait in line.

Run-DMC should be in Hall of Fame before them. Run-DMC was the influential rap group that broke through the mainstream and Beastie Boys should be backing them for induction.

Posted by erayman64 on Monday, 08.25.08 @ 16:20pm

Once again, people need to stop taking the term "rock and roll" so literally, in terms of the hall of Fame. It's about different genres- granted, it's too bad that some great country acts haven't really been considered, overall- but, there's rock, pop, R&B, rap, etc. etc. It's about MUSIC.

Posted by JR on Monday, 09.1.08 @ 12:11pm

Yes but not before Bambatta and DMC and Whodini.Most of you think Hip-Hop starts and ends with them.
To anyone that don't want any Hip-Hop in the Hall Of Fame I think. I know why.When people hear Rock and Roll they think its something White guys invented.I remember growing up getting clowned by my friends because I listened to Rock or what they would call white boy music.If I knew then what I know now,I would have told them that artist like Little Richard'Bo Diddly,Chuck Berry,Ike Turner(Before he lost his mind)Jimmy Hendrix and The Isley Brothers(yes they did Rock and still Rock)not only did Rock but invented it.They were Rock and Roll.Over the years we(Black People)lost interest in it!Artist like Elvis(The King?)and Pat Boone were the flavor of the day.Hip-Hop is the only genre of music that white people don't dominate.Hip-Hop is from the ghetto you have to be in the urban areas to really get it.I think if there were more White Hip-Hop artist there wouldn't be a problem with it.I think its a Race thing and a Class issue.If there was a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame I wouldn't have a problem letting Rock artist in.Rock artist do influence Hip-Hop.Some even defend it.Case and point David Bowie(
They really get it over seas) asking an MTV VJ about the lack of Black Artist on that network.Good music is good music those of you that are closed minded about things Its your lost

Posted by Leon on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 22:47pm

Leon - trust me; no one here puts color to the music. Most of us know exactly where it came from - Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and a hundred others. Any white kid that listened to the music and picked up a guitar in the 60's, 50's and 80's have listened to Robert Johnson. Hip Hop and Rap has crossed over like no other music and has broken down the color barrier. But that does not mean that every act needs to be inducted. You said that you have to have grown up in the ghetto to get it. I grew up in the Bronx in the 70's; I get it. I think the HoF will also get it, but only to those acts that had a substantial impact on the scene. FYI - does MYV even play music anymore?

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 04:37am

IMO, they started out as a parody of a hip hop group. Sorta like the Monkees. Later on they evolved into a legit act. Like Leon I think many other hip hop acts could/should be inducted before we get to them.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 08:57am

The Blues had a baby and they named it Rock n' Roll !!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 12:56pm

Jazz is dominated by mostly Black musicians. Good music has no color. It's all about being creative. To hell with what a persons race is.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 13:00pm

Hey Dameon point taken.Hip-Hop has done a lot for race relations.I have a problem with white people that listen to Eminem but don't wanna listen to other non white Hip-Hop artist.I hope my favorite artist get acknowledged one day.Here's my short list of Hip-Hop artist that should get in
Public Enemy
De La Soul
A Tribe Called Quest
Ice Cube (Twice)
Slick Rick
Marley Marl
Ralph McDaniels(I grew up in NYC he's all we had)

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 23:55pm

dont get me wrong i like the beastie boys i just dont think that they belong in the rock and roll hof since they have done a lot ofrap and not much rock

Posted by mofsnt fan on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 14:56pm

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Posted by O-Dawg on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 14:06pm

for all of you people saying that the beastie boys are not rock n roll so they shouldn't go in the hall of fame is bull. rock n roll is not a type of music rather than a way of life and they have proven themselves to be rock n rollers. how many artist can still be standing stong and making platnuim selling albums after 25 years hmmm?

Posted by anna on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 14:26pm

I think that they classify for the rock and roll hall of fame. Heck, two of their songs are featured in the ROCK BAND series. I think that they have enough rock in them to classify. Plus they are great rappers.

Posted by Keith on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 17:30pm

Im actually kinda with Leon here.There is no way the beastie boys should be getting this much praise.There okay but seriously there not as good as KRS-1 and Rakim or even close.

Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 23:42pm

KRS-One is a preachy and profoundly overrated rapper. The Beastie Boys are good MCs, but when you view their contributions not only on the mic but sonically and musically (if you view them, basically, as a rock band), their induction is a no-brainer.

Posted by MBI on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 08:36am

"KRS-One is a preachy and profoundly overrated rapper. The Beastie Boys are good MCs, but when you view their contributions not only on the mic but sonically and musically (if you view them, basically, as a rock band), their induction is a no-brainer."
The beasties are overrated trash KRS-1 is one of the greatest and most influential MCs to ever live.I would have loved to see the beastie boys try to battle him in his prime and those suburban boys would've been running back to Jersey with their tail between their legs.
The Beastie Boys suck.All you whiteys are busy talking about how great and influential the beasties are to hip-hop when you're completley wrong.Rakim,KRS-1,Nas,Wu-Tang Clan,Ice Cube,2pac,and Slick Rick have to get in not the beastie boys.

Posted by Chris on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 12:07pm

"The Beastie Boys better be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, so they have a few years to first induct any pioneers that are important to the evolution of Hip Hop, like the Sugerhill Gang and Run-DMC."
Run-DMC aren't pioneers and are closer to the second wave of hip-hop than the first.
And the cold crush brothers wrote "rappers delight" their one hit.
And let me add that the beastie boys suck and have always sucked.
Eric.B and Rakim for the hall of fame

Posted by Chris on Tuesday, 01.6.09 @ 13:28pm

If Run DMC (yay!) can go in why not beastie boys!

Posted by NotJames on Friday, 04.3.09 @ 14:42pm

While they certainly deserve to be inducted, I don't think that Beastie Boys have necessarily been "snubbed." What people often neglect when discussing Beastie Boys is the fact that they started out as a punk rock outfit; they didn't change to rap until the mid-80's. Obviously, the stuff they did then is not really memorable; otherwise, you'd be hearing it on the radio along side "Sabotage" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" (although both tracks certainly contain hard rock influences). While Beastie Boys will be inducted eventually, it would make more sense to select them in a year where it would be more befitting to recall their lasting contributions to music ("Licensed to Ill," the aforementioned "Sabotage"); I'm predicting a 2011 or 2012 induction, the twenty-fifth anniversary of their coming-out as a force to be reckoned within the world of rap.

Posted by AreUExperienced on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 21:05pm

I know people have their reasons, but I just have never caught on to the whole Beastie Boys thing...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 19:34pm

!@#$ you fiereDedgedow!

The Beastie Boys suck. White men can't rap.

Posted by Lucario on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 20:03pm

Why is it that so many people here will say that rappers don't deserve in then when the beastie boys or eminem are in the equation they say hell yeah??? I hate rap, don't think it deserves in at all, but it seems like when a white rapper or rap group is up for consideration, they jump all over it and say yeah. seems a bit racist to me...

Posted by Chris on Saturday, 10.17.09 @ 11:54am

Chris, there aren't as many approvers of Eminem as you might believe.

As far as the Beastie Boys go, they were rock'n'rap. They blended the two styles almost perfectly. Their songs were original, and many were very much rock (like "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" and "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn").

It's why there wasn't too much naysaying (though some to be sure) about Run-D.M.C. getting in.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.17.09 @ 12:37pm

Beasties not rock? Huh?? Have you not listened to their albums. Last time I checked the opening chord to Fight For Your Right is a overdriven guitar. On Check Your Head and Ill Communication. They made most of the tracks playing the trational rock instruments. They started as a punk band in NYC Their most popular song is a rock song not a rap song (Sabotage). Really these guys are more rock than Madonna and several others in the RRHOF. Anyone against the Beastie Boys getting into the Hall of Fame should Check Their Head!

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 09:51am

The Beastie Boys are not rap. They are brainless screaming over distorted guitars. Try Wu Tang or Public Enemy instead.

Posted by ddd on Tuesday, 01.26.10 @ 19:36pm

The Beastie Boys are not rap. They are brainless screaming over distorted guitars.

Posted by ddd on Tuesday, 01.26.10 @ 19:36pm
So you're saying they're a rock band, huh?


thanks for backing me up, ddd.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 01.27.10 @ 06:11am

The Beastie Boys are the most overrated band I've ever heard and Licensed To Ill is the Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water of the 80s.

Posted by Darrell on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 00:33am

Sorry Darrell, the massively influential Paul's Boutique is one of the genuinely great records of the 1980s and for a decade afterward they were never less than imaginative and stellar. Limp Bizkit could never make anything remotely like Paul's Boutique.

And for the last time, it's not a simple rap meets rock thing that make the Beastie Boys important, it's a blend of every conceivable type of sound. Paul's Boutique is the root of the kaleidoscope/collage of sound aesthetic that much 90s music came from (Beck and DJ Shadow being the most obvious examples.)

Posted by Elastic Man on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 03:15am

YES, absolutely! It's a no-brainer. First white rappers? First superstar rappers, bringing it to a whole new audience? Definite influence there. If that was it that would still be enough... but other people have explained the rest better than I ever could.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.16.10 @ 17:16pm

Induct them now!

Posted by DDD on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 07:06am

To whoever said something about Ill Communication being a turning point or whatever... listen to Check Your Head (which came out in 1992). There's about 4 true hip-hop songs on the whole thing. The three of them play instruments, they began as a punk band, they get airplay on rock radio, their influence on rock music is vast, etc. Adam Yauch is an awesome and underrated bassist. If you're reading this but you're not a huge fan and want to find out more listen to (download) the following: Futterman's Rule, Gratitude, Believe Me, Heart Attack Man, Time For Livin', In 3's, Live at PJ's, Remote Control, I Don't Know. There's more music they've done that one could classify as rock, but these are some highlights IMO.

Posted by Adam on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 21:30pm


The Beastie Boys

One of the longest lasting, most versatile and innovative rap groups in history, the Beastie Boys also broke the color line in the process which helped bring the style into the white middle class teen realm, pushing sales of all rap artists higher. "Licensed To Ill" was the biggest selling rap LP of the 80's, but their follow-up "Paul's Boutique" was the album which contained the most experimental sounds and became massively influential on the sampling culture. Any thought that they had been a short lived novelty was erased when they topped the charts with two more albums in the mid-to-late 90's.

One of the longest lasting, most versatile and innovative rap groups in history, the Beastie Boys had enormous impact in breaking the color line hip-hop was faced with and helped bring the style into the white middle class teen realm, pushing sales of all rap artists higher, an achievement few can match. Their punk-rap classic "Licensed To Ill" was the biggest selling rap LP of the 80's, but their follow-up "Paul's Boutique" was the album which contained their most experimental work and became massively influential on the sampling culture, which came to dominate hip-hop in the decades since. Their career highpoints continued unabated throughout the 90's as they became for many fans the gateway group to discovering and appreciating hip-hop making them one of the most consistent groups in any rock field during this time. As more rap artists become eligible in the near future, and considering the dominance of the style in the past quarter century that gives it the most deserving array of candidates to choose from in upcoming years, it is crucial that the biggest and best from this era and form of rock get inducted quickly so as not to further create a perception that rap itself is somehow inexplicably unwelcome in the Hall Of Fame.

Qualifications: 8 - Unquestioned Credentials

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 21:30pm

From Rock Hall

At different times over the past three decades, the Beastie Boys have been shaven-head punks, hip-hop bad boys, Seventies-funk students, political activists and style icons. Most important: they have had one of the richest, most important careers in hip-hop and rock, introducing rap to a huge new audience and then pushing the frontiers of what a hip-hop group could do. Their 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill – a supremely bratty, hard-punching, pitch-perfect mix of rap and hard rock – was hip-hop's first number one album, and remains near the top of the Billboard catalog charts to this day. The single “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” became a teenage party anthem of the 1980s; a generation of hip-hop fans memorized hits like “Brass Monkey” and “Paul Revere,” songs which are now part of the rap canon. Their follow-up, 1989’s Paul’s Boutique, was one of the high points of hip-hop's golden age of sampling, piling hilarious, streetwise rhymes over everything from Loggins and Messina to the Ramones. In the 1990s, they came full circle musically, picking up their instruments and bringing back hardcore punk and funk into their music repertoire. They recorded three classic albums, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty, and smash hits like “Sabotage” and “Intergalactic.” Along the way, they've kept experimenting with what a hip-hop band can be: becoming the most politically active group of their generation with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts; recording classic videos; putting their fans behind the camera with their film Awesome I F**king Shot That, and recording two new albums in the last decade, 2004's To the Five Boroughs and 2007's The Mix-Up.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 21:33pm

Licensed to Ill was produced by Rick Rubin also. So he should get some credit for the Beasties and L.L.'s success.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 09:33am

Yes, Rubin and Russell Simmons should both be inducted as Non-Performers.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 10.27.10 @ 12:29pm

I don't know if voters are waiting until the 25th anniversary of Licensed to Ill. Other acts have gotten inducted when eligible (i.e. Madonna) and the breakthrough didn't happen with that very first release (in her case, a single). I guess voters don't consider the Beasties one of those undisputed no-brainer inductees.

Posted by JR on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 11:48am

The problem the Beasties have is when they put out the first record it was a rock album where they did it straight and it wasn't very good once they found hip hop it all changed. I think the observer is right once Licensed to Ill goes 25 they are in it was a landmark album and I remember the DJ sitting on top of the Budweiser six pack it was so cool.

Posted by Ken on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 07:39am

I love the Beastie Boys. However, they are not rock and roll. They do not belongs in the rock and roll hall of fame anymore that M. Jordan belongs in the baseball hall of fame.

It is true they have many songs that have instrumentals. However, they are not known for that music. Just as Jordan is not known for baseball.

Put them in the Hip Hop or Rap hall of fame. They clearly deserve that honor.


Posted by Red on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 09:44am

"However, they are not rock and roll. They do not belongs in the rock and roll hall of fame.... However, they are not known for that music... Put them in the Hip Hop or Rap hall of fame."

Sorry to disappoint you buddy, but that ship has sailed (see Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Run-D.M.C.).

Seriously what the hell is with these Rap/Rock segregationists? Is it that big a deal?

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 09:54am

Rap is not rock-n-roll

Posted by hhcwtt on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 10:45am

"Rap is not rock-n-roll"

Perhaps, but at this juncture your point is moot.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 10:53am

They probably seperate them because their knowledge of rap is only of the "Bitches, Cash and gun" sort instead of the talented ones.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 11:46am

I think a lot of you are missing the point(s):1) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has not credited Hip Hop in large because they fail to acknowledge that its influence is as large on Rock as Rock's influence is on Hip Hop. That's called a dialectic relationship, 2) It doesn't matter if you like the Beastie Boys or not. This is not "your favorite artists of all time" list so arguments about who sucks and who doesn't suck is really irrelevant and a sign that you don't understand anything of logic or sense, 3) The Beastie Boys have made rock music but that is like saying George Foreman is known for his grill (point being Hip Hop is their primary recognition), 4) Their being "white" is only interesting to stupid people, their fan-base is as multi-cultural as anyone in the last 40 years, 5) The Hall of Fame should not dictate what you think is good; it's just some dudes whose opinions get more recognition than you so it shouldn't mean that much but, if their criteria is to recognize the artists that influence modern music, then the Beastie Boys have to be on that list for several reasons (same with Nirvana - I am not sure how anyone can claim Nevermind didn't change the music world - you were either not around for that or just plain ignorant).

Posted by The Donger on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 14:04pm

Without a doubt, the Beastie Boys are one of the most understood band in modern music history.

Everyone likes to point to "Licensed to Ill" assume everything they've ever done sounds exactly the same. Three white boys with annoying voices rapping about girls, beer and partying. Not even close.

Paul's Boutique is a psychedelic masterpiece that any rock or rap fan can appreciate. Dense, masterful sound collages make the album am instant classic across all genres.

My personal favorite, Check Your Head is a an album that is set in no genre. Rap, rock, hip-hop, electronic, ambient, funk and so much more. With lyrics talking about everything from Jimi Hendrix, to world peace. And their next two albums (Ill Communication and Hello Nasty) continued to show their growth and development.

Even if they're careers ended after those first 5 albums, they deserve to be inducted.

My vote is a YES.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 05.11.11 @ 17:18pm

The Beastie Boys definetly deserve in, the first to mix Rap with Rock, not to mention one of the major forces of rap i nthe early 90's.

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Posted by nikita on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 13:24pm

Madonna was pretty bad..but this is horrible..I wish I could see who nominated these posers so then I could boycott them

Posted by Robt C on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:10pm

Actually, in a technical sense if the Hall was true to its name (which we all know it isn't), the Beastie Boys are much more appropriate than Madonna. The Beastie Boys covered rap rock and even had a punk attitude/sound to go along with their act, Madonna in contrast can't claim such a legitimacy in the eyes of so-called rock purists.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:20pm

Can't sing can't rap ..stole what decent music they had from other people (James Newton, Jimmy Castor)..then had the nerve to sue James Newton for their legal costs. But of course they're white and ..well that would be anti-Semitic for me to day and since i'm not ignorant I won't...I'll just point out that War (who they sampled on the corny SLow Ride) didn't get in..but these funk faking poser upper middle class fakers did

Posted by robt c on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:21pm

Well I won't defend the Beastie Boys getting inducted ahead of War as I'm personally a bigger fan of the latter, but that's the way the Hall did it.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:28pm

"can't rap"

"but of coruse they're white"
"upper middle class fakers"

So rap can only be done by poor black people? What delightful pigeon holing!

Posted by GFW on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:33pm

And furthermore...there has probably not been a faker phonier group..came up dissing reggae and then jump on Lee Scratch Perry's coattails..a poor imitation of Run-DMC (Run-DMC ghost wrote most of LTI)..the Dust Brothers did the music for PB...and most of their interesting ideas were used on Tone-Loc and Young MC (so they jumped on Tonc and Young's coattails)..then instrumentals with the Brand New Heavies as well as funk-rock (Living Colour, Fishbone) so guess who becomes an instrumental the time of the corny Intergalactic..they're ripping off Whodini (who is a far superior group that doesn't have a prayer of getting into the Hall)'s Pat Boone all over again but with idiots like Tina Fey talking about how "cool" they are

Posted by Robt C on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:44pm

no G(oon) F(oolish) W (anker) not pigeon holding..just that execrable groups can make it with marketing while those with talent get ignored

Posted by robt c on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 15:46pm

How did they rip off Run DMC? By incorporating rap with rock? They were already a rock group, they just mixed their current sound with rap, R(etarded)obtc (old bastard talking crap)

You want a phonier group? Milli Vanilli

Posted by GFW on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 16:04pm

Also looking around I find nothing about Run DMC ghost writing the majority of licensed To Ill, only Slow and Low, the rest were the beasties.
Yeah, the dust brothers did production on Paul Boutique, but so did the Beasties themselves.

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Posted by SpGp-AtFeel on Friday, 04.13.12 @ 02:54am

Anybody know the latest on MCA's health? I'm concerned that he didn't appear at the induction.

Posted by A-Killa on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 00:05am

R.I.P. to Adam Yauch (MCA).

Seriously tragic.

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Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If the Beastie Boys were to do a song with the Pretenders, it would be called...

What is "Brass Monkey in Pocket"

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Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If the Beastie Boys were to do a song with Peter Gabriel, it would be called...

What is "Shock The Brass Monkey"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 05.6.12 @ 22:00pm

Chuck D and LL Cool J induct The Beastie Boys

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 20:41pm

Why didn't they induct Mix Master Mike or DJ Hurricane?
I wouldn't be against Mix Master Mike getting inducted, but the should have inducted DJ Hurricane with the rest of the Beastie Boys.

Posted by Ryan on Saturday, 09.8.12 @ 02:03am

They're sidemen.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 09.8.12 @ 05:38am

come on.. beasties had one... i repeat..1 billboard top 100 hit in the top 10.. 4 others like at 40 50 ect.. only 1 in the top 10 ever. and groups like chicago dont even get considered with there 21 top 10 hits... yeaaa google it 21 top 10.. dont even count the ones that hit below that.. jesus.. hall is a joke.

Posted by hillbilly on Friday, 06.28.13 @ 01:43am

Hits and sales are everything, that's why the Backstreet Boys should be a first ballot inductee, right hillbilly?

Posted by GFW on Friday, 06.28.13 @ 06:39am

These guys are the trojan horse band. First them, then Public Enemy the year after them. The Hall will continue to snub progressive rock, blues rock, punk rock, arena rock, heavy metal and extreme forms of heavy metal like industrial, grind and death metal to put at least one rap act in every year.

Posted by Hunter Morrow on Sunday, 09.1.13 @ 15:02pm

They used to be hardcore punk, they have played almost any genre linked to rock & roll, they are real innovators.

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