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A New Day Dawning: How ‘Check Your Head’ Invented the Beastie Boys

“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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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. […]