Beastie Boys and the Business of Sampling


The Beastie Boys’ best-known albums were produced during a period of unrestrained creativity and experimentation within hip hop. For the Beastie Boys and other artists and producers from the early days of hip hop, sampling – the incorporation of previously recorded music – was much more than just a short-cut to get the sounds they [...]

Lawsuit Filed Against Beastie Boys Day Before MCA’s Death


A day before Adam “MCA” Yaunch died of cancer, Tuf America, a hip hop and R&B label, filed a lawsuit against members of the Beastie Boys for alleged copyright infringement. Tuf America filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court on May 4th over four tracks, alleging that the group illegally used portions of [...]

7” Sunday: The Beastie Boys

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Before I go any further, allow me to introduce this new feature. 7” Sunday is a segment devoted entirely to 7” vinyl and the all-encompassing experience surrounding it. From the packaging to the music, my intent is to embody the spirit of vinyl and emphasize that music is still an activity beyond passive listening. Although [...]

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead at 47

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Adam Yauch, better known by the moniker MCA, passed away today from his long-endured battle with cancer. Since 2009, the co-founder of Beastie Boys has been under treatment for a cancerous parotid gland and lymph node. The group was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week, but Yauch was unable to [...]

Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers Inducted Into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame


Guns n’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys have been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The official announcement was made Wednesday, December 7th. Other inductees include Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces, Glyn Jones, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Tom Dowd and Cosimo Matassa. The 2012 nominees also included the [...]

New Video: Beastie Boys – “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”


The Beastie Boys have released the new video for “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”. The video stars action figures of Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA and guest vocalist Santigold, as they are pursued by a team of assassins. The hilarious video follows the action figures as they make one death defying escape after [...]

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze Working on New Video


On their website, the Beastie Boys have announced that they’re working on a new video with Spike Jonze for “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” from their latest album “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.” The video is set to be released later this month and said to feature the Beasties as action figures. [...]

Watch the Trailer for the New Beastie Boys Video; Premiers April 20th on MTV


Beastie Boys will premier the video for their single, “Make Some Noise” aka “Fight For Your Right Revisited,” beginning this Wednesday, April 20th across MTV Networks’ MTV2, mtvU, VH1, Palladia, Comedy Central, MTV and Spike. You can watch the trailer for the 30-minute video below.