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An exhibit highlighting Beastie Boys ephemera will open at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.

According to the Cleveland institution’s curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger, the collection will boast hand-written “Brass Monkey” lyrics, action figures, the “Intergalactic” music video costumes and more. “Since we had such a rich, deep collection of stuff from the Beasties when they were inducted, we thought we’d put it out,” Rutledge-Borger told “We also wanted to represent more stuff from some of our recent inductees.” Beastie Boys were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

In other Star Wars news, Brooklyn Vegan points out director J. J. Abrams managed to squeeze in a tribute to the hip-hop trio in his new film The Force Awakens. Resistance fighter pilot Ello Asty is named after the Beasties’ 1998 album Hello Nasty. Likewise, the character has “Born to Ill” written on his helmet:

The Force Awakens is stuffed with pop culture nuggets and cameos. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich even plays a Stormtrooper.

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