“The 1996 San Francisco concert set the template for combining music and activism in the 1990s.”
A look at how the Beastie Boys invented themselves with their 1992 album Check Your Head.
“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.
Horovitz: One night at the studio, me and Adam and Mike, we’re waiting outside, drinking beers, and we see Run running down the street screaming, and DMC is way behind him. They were so excited: They’d come up with the idea for our song “Paul Revere” on the way there. We loved Run DMC—and then […]
On the 25th anniversary of “Licensed to Ill,” an oral history of the birth of the Beastie Boys. Then we were like, ‘Oh, shit, we should get a D.J.! Like rap groups. They have a D.J.!’ Nick Cooper knew about this guy Rick Rubin who went to NYU and would throw parties and had turntables. […]