Back For a Sure Shot: A Brief History of The Beastie Boys
In 2013, Eminem's Berzerk featured sound bites from Beastie Boys songs. The Beastie Boys were a rap group popular in the 80's and 90's responsible for songs like: Girls, Brass Monkey, Sure Shot, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party), and Sabotage. I myself, never had the pleasure of growing up WITH the Beastie Boys, but I have had the pleasure of growing up AFTER the Beastie Boys. I have listened to many of their hits, and loved every second of it. And I want to share that love and history of the Beastie Boys with you.
Early Years/Licensed to Ill
In 1982, a punk band was formed between Adam Yauch (MCA), Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), John Berry, and Kate Schellenbach. Their popularity level wasn't very high whilst a Punk Rock band, but they did perform minor hits like Egg Raid on Mojo and Skills to Pay the Bills. After John and Kate quit the band that same year, they released their first Hip-Hop song: Cooky Puss, which gained very high commercial success. Because of the success of the song, in 1986 they recorded and released their first Hip-Hop album: Licensed to Ill, a comedic album which included songs Girls, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party), Paul Revere, No Sleep Till Brooklyn, and Brass Monkey. It alsogained them popularity, a #1 spot on the billboard 200, and a #2 Spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums.
Gaining Respect/Check Your Head
Alas, the Beasties had earned their popularity. But with that popularity, came an image of being clowns. This was not an image that the Boys appreciated. So in 1992, after releasing Paul's Boutique, the Beastie Boys released Check Your Head, a less comedic album that featured songs So What'cha Want, Professor Booty, Jimmy James and Skills to Pay the Bills II. Check Your Head gained the Beastie Boys street cred and a more serious image.
Later Years/MCA's Death
From 1994 through 2011, the Beatie Boys released 13 albums; Same Old Bull****, Ill Communication, The In Sound From Way Out, Hello Nasty, Anthology: The Sounds of Science, To the 5 Boroughs, Solid Gold Hits, The Mix-Up, Best of Grand Royal 12's, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and Legendary. In 2012, The Beastie's base voice; MCA was tragically lost to Cancer. In honor of the dedicated rapper, a holiday, MCA day, in New York City is celebrated every May 19th built on gratitude towards Adam's Life.