Beastie Boys facts for kids
Beastie Boys live at Virgin Festival, 2007
|Origin||New York City, United States|
|Years active||1981 — 2012|
|Labels||Def Jam, Grand Royal, Capitol|
|Associated acts||Mix Master Mike
The Dust Brothers
The Young and the Useless
|Past members||Mike D
Mix Master Mike
The Beastie Boys were an American rap group. According to an interview with Charlie Rose, the word "Beastie" is the backronym of Boys Entering Anarchic States Towards Internal Excellence. They formed in 1981 as punk rock band. Their most famous albums are probably Licensed To Ill (1986) and Paul's Boutique (1989). Licensed To Ill is their first album, and it is an album that is given credit for starting the type of music "rap rock", which is rapping done over rock guitar or beats. Paul's Boutique is an album famous for its use of samples, or snippets of music, and the fact that the samples were put together in creative, interesting ways.
Adam Yauch (1964-2012) was one of the founding members of the band until his death on May 4, 2012 after a near 3-year battle with cancer of the parotid salivary gland. Former original guitarist, John Berry (1963-2016), died on May 19, 2016 from dementia at 52.
- Michael Diamond (a.k.a Mike D) - Voice
- Adam Horovitz (a.k.a Adrock) - Voice
- Michael Schwartz (a.k.a. Mix Master Mike) - DJ
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