With old-school rhyme schemes, lo-fi punk, a little Latin flavor and a lot of their trademark pop culture snark, Beastie Boys unleashed a mid-'90s masterpiece.
At the height of their powers in 1996, the Beastie Boys surprised everyone and let the funk do all the talking.
Well, now here's a little story we've got to tell about three bad brothers you know so well.
'Licensed to Ill' will tell the story of Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock’s rise to fame, while incorporating live music and DJs.
Despite the news, a representative of the group said, "There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch."
Who knows if we'd be able to party as freely as we can today if the Beastie Boys hadn't come along and told us to fight for it?
Today marks the second anniversary of the death of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch.
Last year's death of Beastie Boys rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch wasn't a complete surprise -- word of his cancer diagnosis and declining health had been circulating for awhile -- but the news nevertheless came as a shock. The pioneering MC's passing on May 4 at the age of 47 still weighs heavy on fans' minds, and it's been voted the Most Shocking Headline in the 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards.
It wasn't exactly surprising -- word of Adam "MCA" Yauch's cancer diagnosis and declining health had been circulating for awhile -- but when the news finally broke on May 4 that the founding member of the Beastie Boys had died at the age of 47, there was little room at first to feel anything other than shock. Yauch had been in treatment for cancer since 2009, after the discovery of a tumor in his salivary gland, and outwardly, at least, he mostly tried to remain upbeat about his prognosis until the end.
The advertising industry is known for using music to its advantage, but Adam 'MCA' Yauch has prohibited the use of his creative material in such a way. The will of the Beastie Boys member – who passed away on May 4 of cancer – was filed earlier this week (on Aug. 7) in the Manhattan Surrogate Court, and it conveys his firm wishes on the matter.