Beastie Boys

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A very complete Beastie Boys discography: http://www.beastiemania.com/discog/

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Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of three MCs and musicians Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar).

Originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band in 1981 by Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach (drums), the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, before recording their first EP Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch "Cooky Puss", the group made their transition to hip hop in 1984 and released a string of successful singles. The Beastie Boys toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill. The group sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, "the biggest-selling rap group" since 1991.

With seven platinum or better albums from 1986–2004, the Beastie Boys are one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide, and they continue to enjoy commercial and critical success more than 25 years after Licensed to Ill. In 2009, the group released digitally remastered deluxe editions of their albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. Their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was released in 2011, and received positive reviews. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, "just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007)." The following month, MCA died of cancer of the parotid salivary gland.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1986 Licensed to Ill 4.4 11
1989 Paul's Boutique 4.8 14
1992 Check Your Head 4.4 10
1994 Ill Communication 4.55 7
1998 Hello Nasty 4.55 11
2004 To the 5 Boroughs 3.65 7
2007 The Mix-Up 3.65 4
2011 Hot Sauce Committee Part Two 4 6
2011 Legendary 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 Some Old Bullshit Compilation 1
1996 The In Sound From Way Out! Compilation 5 8
1999 Anthology: The Sounds of Science Compilation 5 6
2005 Solid Gold Hits Compilation 2
Gold '99 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Awesome; I... Shot That! Live 1
1998-06-20: Live at the Lorelei Rockpalast: Lorelei, Germany Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 She’s on It 9
1986 It's The New Style / Paul Revere 1
1987 No Sleep Till Brooklyn 1
1987 Fight for Your Right 2
1987 Girls / She’s Crafty 2
1992 Pass the Mic 4
1992 So What'cha Want 3
1992 Gratitude 3
1994 Sure Shot 5
1994 Get It Together 3
1994 Sabotage / Get It Together 1
1997 Hey Ladies / So What'cha Want 1
1998 Intergalactic 4
1998 Body Movin' 4
1999 Remote Control / 3 MCs & 1 DJ 4
1999 Alive 2
2004 Pass the Mic (Mike Nardone remix) 1
2004 Ch-Check It Out 6
2004 Triple Trouble 3
2004 An Open Letter to NYC 6
2007 Electric Worm / Suco de Tangerina 1
2009 Too Many Rappers 2
2011 Make Some Noise 1
Frozen Metal Head 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Polly Wog Stew EP 5 2
1983 Cooky Puss 5
1985 Rock Hard 1
1989 An Exciting Evening at Home With Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego 4
1989 Love American Style EP 10
1992 Jimmy James 3
1994 Tour Shot! 1
1995 Root Down EP 4
1995 Aglio e olio 5
1999 Negotiation Limerick File 2

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