“While they were creating the album, the Beastie Boys were also creating themselves.” After Paul’s Boutique was released and viewed as a failure, the Beastie Boys had total freedom to work on their next album. The result—1992’s Check Your Head—presented their most ambitious vision yet, and allowed the trio to finally come into their own.

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