Saturday, May 5, 2012
For any of our readers who may have been a little too young in the 80's, just know that before there was a white rapper named Eminem, there were the Beastie Boys. As three Jewish kids from Brooklyn, New York, they signed early with Def Jam (the official who's who of hip hop record labels during the 80's and 90's) and earned the respect of Black artists throughout the hip hop community, including Run DMC, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. They introduced hip hop to many White kids across the country and helped to establish rap music as a permanent music genre in America during a time when many thought it to be a temporary fad. They had a comedic style to their delivery that was unique and made them stand apart from other rap groups. In 1999, their single "Intergalactic" won a Grammy for the Best Hip Hop Song by a Duo or Group as well as an MTV Video Music Award for best Rap Video. The Beastie Boys were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In honor of the late MCA, we play our favorite Beastie Boys tracks after the jump:
"No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
"Fight For Your Right [To Party]"