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The Beastie Boys are an American hip-hop group from New York City: Brooklyn and Manhattan. The main members are Mike D (real name Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), Adrock (Adam Horovitz), and disk-jockey, Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz).
The Beastie Boys were the first successful white rap group and one of the few acts from the early days of hip-hop that still enjoy major success. Their rock and punk-influenced rap has had a significant impact on artists both in and outside the hip-hop scene, and were the first rap group to gain a substantial following with alternativep/tag] rock fans.
Hits have included Fight for Your Right and No Sleep Till Brooklyn, both on the 1986 album Licensed to Ill which was produced by rap-metal guru Rick Rubin, who went on to produce albums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Audioslave.
In 2006 they released the film, Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!, a concert film made up of footage filmed by audience members.
Coming in June 2007 is their new album 'The Mix Up' which is an instrumental album of new material in a similar vein to that of 'Check Your Head'
Their initials "BB" were inspired by one of their favorites, the DC hardcore band Bad Brains.
The 'Beastie' part of the bands name is also an acronym for: Boys Enter Anarchistic States Towards Inner Excellence.
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