Fight for your right

 Do you ever find yourself signing “MCAAaaaaaa get on the mic my man.” Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Pent up Beastie Boys aggression is something that can be treated by simply getting your healthy dose of Beastie Boys each day. Read this and it should help you learn more, and relieve your Beastie Boys related tension. 

  1. Although the band states that 'Beastie' is an acronym, standing for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Inner Excellence", Both MCA and Mike D acknowledged this as true 

If entering Anarchistic states is what the boys are about then who are we to stop them. I’m glad they used the acronym instead though. 

  1. They hired a DJ for their live shows, New York University student Rick Rubin, who began producing records soon thereafter. "I met Mike first," Rubin recalled. "I thought he was an arrogant asshole. Through spending time with the Beasties I grew to see that they had this great sense of humour. It wasn't that they were assholes, and even if it was, they were funny with it." Rubin formed Def Jam Recordings with fellow NYU student Russell Simmons, and approached the band about producing them for his new label. As the band was transitioning to hip hop, Schellenbach was fired in 1984, with Diamond taking over on drums.

Would have never thought the record label who produced Jay-Z, Kanye, 2 chainz, Jeremih, Bieber, Pusha T, Rihanna, etc started with two NYU rich kids and three punk dropouts turned rappers. To make it even stranger, the Beastie Boys only rap record at the time was ‘Cooky Puss,’ an underground club record which stands to be one of the worst rap songs I’ve heard. (Look it up if you don’t believe me) 

  1. Licensed to Ill became one of the best-selling rap albums of the 1980s and the first rap album to go number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It also reached number 2 on the Top R&B album chart. It was Def Jam's fastest selling debut record to date and sold over nine million copies. The fourth single, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", reached number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100

Fight for your right to party will still go down as one of the greatest pump up songs to ever exist. When I hear, “That hypocrite smokes two packs a day,” I’m ready to buy a carton and punch my dad in the face. “I'll kick you out of this home if you don’t cut that hair,” sent sound waves of delinquency and dissociation from the man. Not many other songs make you want to rebel and be stupid as that one, and for that we will always be eternally grateful. 

  1. Beastie Boys also published Grand Royal Magazine, with the first edition in 1993 featuring a cover story on Bruce Lee, artwork by George Clinton, and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A Tribe Called Quest's MC Q-Tip. The 1995 issue of the magazine contained a memorable piece on the mullet. The Oxford English Dictionary cites this as the first published use of the term, along with the lyrics from the band's 1994 song, "Mullet Head".

This has gotta be like a bazillion dollars on eBay. Not only do they have a cover story with Bruce Lee; Q-Tip is doing interviews too. That’s without mentioning that the Beastie Boys were the first to publish the word ‘Mullet.’ Chew on that one for a second. The Beastie Boys were the first to publish the word Mullet.  

  1. On May 4, 2012, Yauch died from cancer at the age of 47. Mike D told Rolling Stone that Beastie Boys had recorded new music in late 2011, but did not say if these recordings would be released. He also said that Beastie Boys would likely disband due to the death of MCA, though he was open to making new music with Ad-Rock and that "Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to".In June 2014, Mike D confirmed that he and Ad-Rock would not make music under the Beastie Boys name again. In 2020, they released a documentary, Beastie Boys Story, directed by Spike Jonze.

Rest in Peace to Adam Yauch, or MCA, you will always be an inspiration to kids everywhere who just wanna fuck around. The Beastie Boys are one of the coolest groups in history, finding themselves in an idyllic place and times, where three angry kids from the Bronx could be heard around the world.  This is a small testament to them, and if you find yourself here throw on some sabotage and go spray paint a building 

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