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The Beastie Boys: An Influential Mix of Genres

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This alternative hip hop band has three members: Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-rock (Adam Horovitz) and MCA (Adam Yauch), all of them are Jewish. This punk rock band was formed in 1979; back then, they were called The Young Aborigines. Beastie is a name that stands for: Boys Entering Anarchistic States Toward Inner Excellence.

This band has influenced both the rock and the rap industry with a mix of genres such as hip-hop and punk rock. The Beastie Boys are recognized as the fathers of the nu metal and rapcore genres that appeared in the late 1990’s with bands like KoRn, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. The Paul’s Boutique album of the Beastie Boys influenced artists like Beck; an example of this is the album Odelay that he released in 1996. This album of Beck was influenced by the effective use of sampling techniques of the Beastie Boys. Solo artists like Eminem saw the benefits of the success of a trio of white emcees like the Beastie Boys. This band built the path to success for many artists.

Four albums of the Beastie Boys have been on top of the Billboard album charts. These albums are: Licensed to III, III Communication, Hello Nasty and To The 5 Boroughs. Some popular songs of the Beastie Boys are: Fight For Your Right, Sabotage, Intergalactic, Body Movin, Alive, Triple Trouble and An Open Letter to NYC. The video of the song Intergalactic is among the best of this band, it is a parody of the Japanese Kaiju films, it features a giant robot that destroys a city while breakdancing.

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