Beastie Boys

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A very complete Beastie Boys discography:

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The 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 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, The Young Aborigines, in 1978 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. Berry left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch "Cooky Puss", Schellenbach dropped out and the group made a full transition to hip hop, releasing 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 26 million albums in the United States and 50 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, "the biggest-selling rap group" since the magazine began recording sales data in 1991.

With seven platinum or better albums from 1986–2004, the Beastie Boys were one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide. 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. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Hurra Hurricane 2
1998 Osama Yo Mama EP (disc 2) Various Artists 1
1999 Fire and Skill: The Songs of The Jam Various Artists 3 1
2005 Choice Cuts Paul Nice 1
2007 Diggin' in the Crates: Rare Studio Masters (1993-1997) Buckwild 1
2007 1 Various Artists 1
2007 The World of Drum & Bass - Oding.S Mix Various Artists 1
2008 Remixes and Other Crap Locust Toybox 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
2011 Remixed and Revamped 2 Mr. Moods 2
2012 WTF Fat Frumos 1
2012 Sounds Nicer When It's Nasty Part II Nasty P 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 New York Thrash Various Artists 1
1987 Kick It! The Def Jam Sampler, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1987 The Hits Album 7 Various Artists 2
1987 Wow What a Party Various Artists 1
1988 Kool Rap Various Artists 1
1988 The Heart of Soul Various Artists 1
1989 Def Jam Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1989 Rap Traxx Various Artists 3
1989 Rock the Planet: Strikeforce, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Rap Traxx 3 Various Artists 2
1990 Rapmasters 11: The Best of Hard Rockin’ Rap Various Artists 1
1990 Yo Rap Various Artists 1
1991 Music on the Move Various Artists 1
1992 The Lion Rocks Tonight Various Artists 1
1992 Rap Declares War Various Artists 1
1992 Beats Rhymes and Basslines: The Best of Rap Various Artists 1
1992 Rap's Greatest Disses Various Artists 1
1993 No Alternative Various Artists 4 2
1993 Hard Rocking '80s Various Artists 1
1993 Larry's Party Rock 4 Various Artists 1
1993 Rock Times, Volume 17: 1987-1988 Various Artists 1
1993 The Vorspiel Collection 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Giant Steps Various Artists 1
1994 Dirty Rock One Various Artists 1
1994 Kickin' Da Flava Various Artists 1
1994 Read the Hits: Best of the 80's Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Various Artists 1
1994 The 80's Collection: 1987 Various Artists 3 2
1995 The Rebirth of Cool Phive Various Artists 2 3
1995 Old School Rap, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Def Jam Music Group Inc. 10th Year Anniversary Various Artists 1
1995 Everything ’80s Various Artists 1
1995 Guitar Rock: The Heavy '80s Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1986–1987 Various Artists 1
1995 The Rebirth of Cool 3 Various Artists 5 1
1995 The Trip 5 Various Artists 1
1996 The Best Rap Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1996 ESPN X-Games, Volume 1: Music From the Edge Various Artists 4 1

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