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Dawn of Def Jam: Watch Rick Rubin Return to His NYU Dorm

October 16, 2014

In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop's commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who's shepherded the careers...

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Universal Files Beastie Boys-Related Suit Against Monster

September 25, 2014

Beastie Boys' $1.7 million win against Monster Energy Drink for using their songs without their consent in a promotional video has prompted similar suits from two Universal Music Group companies. The rap group originally sued Monster in 2012, claiming...

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40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...

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Hear Beastie Boy Ad-Rock's Ratking Remix

August 1, 2014

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock has remixed a song by another rap trio from New York, Ratking, stripping back the dense production on the song "Canal" from their recently released So It Goes to highlight MCs Wiki and Hak's rhymes. Where the original version of...

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Mike D Explains the Tupac-Biggie Feud

July 29, 2014

Nearly two decades after a coastal feud left Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. dead, the Beastie Boys' Mike D is still trying to make sense of it. "It still boggles my mind," he told Vanity Fair in the interview below. "It escalated so fast." Tupac's...

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Eli Roth: My Top 5 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

July 15, 2014

Before he was polarizing audiences with horror films Cabin Fever and Hostel, film director and Hemlock Grove executive producer Eli Roth was a suburban teenager becoming obsessed with hip-hop. 'Off the Cuff' With Peter Travers: An Interview With...

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The Palm Squad: 15 Years of Coachella

June 18, 2014

Ever since 1999, countless music fans have trekked to the desert of Indio, California, in search of good tunes, good vibes, and the least offensive Port A Potty experience possible. And while hundreds of bands have played the Coachella Valley Music and...

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Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million in Lawsuit

June 5, 2014

Beastie Boys have won a $1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the company's use of the group's music in a promotional video, according to Reuters. The group sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement...

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Beastie Boys Turned Down Schwarzenegger for 'Sabotage'

June 2, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger's film Sabotage quietly hit movie theaters in March, racking up negative reviews and $10 million at the U.S. box office – half its $35 million budget – before limping out of multiplexes. In most cases of box office bombs,...

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Ad-Rock Takes Stand in Monster Lawsuit Trial

May 28, 2014

Back in August 2012, Beastie Boys Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp., after the energy drink company used five of the legendary hip-hop group's songs in a promotional video. The clip –...

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The Untold Story of the Beastie Boys' Great Lost Single

August 6, 2014

In their book, For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul's Boutique, published by 6623 Press, authors Dan LeRoy and Peter Relic dive deep into the backroom arcana and recording studio hijinks surrounding the Beastie Boys' greatest album....

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Beastie Boys' Mike D: How Grunge Killed 'Big, Fluffy Long Hair'

July 30, 2014

The Beastie Boys' Mike D has been revisiting the 1990s as part of a video series for Vanity Fair, with the rapper touching on everything from the Biggie/2Pac beef to the Arsenio Hall Show. On Wednesday, Mike D briefly touches on the grunge scene that...

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Beastie Boys Get Commemorative Mural in NYC

July 25, 2014

UPDATE: You can now see the finished mural at New York-focused website EV Grieve.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beastie Boys' celebrated second record, Paul's Boutique, the current owner of the New York City storefront on the...

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Mike D Catches a Wave in New Surfing Clip

June 26, 2014

The Beastie Boys' Mike D grabbed his board, some brews and a few bros — including director Spike Jonze and pro surfer Rob Machado — for a surfing excursion captured on tape by surf-themed artist Alex Kopps in a new clip for the lifestyle...

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Beasties Could Win 'Paul's Boutique' Lawsuit

June 12, 2014

A lawsuit targeting the Beastie Boys' use of samples on their 1989 album Paul's Boutique could come out in the rap trio's favor, court documents suggest. TufAmerica filed the suit in May 2012, a day before Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's death, claiming that...

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Sure Shots: The Best of the Beastie Boys

June 5, 2014

Over three decades — during which time they evolved from b-boy brats to sample-savvy artistes — the Beastie Boys created some of the most indelible (and intelligent) songs in hip-hop history. Whether you're looking for their early...

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Girl Talk Toasts the Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication'

May 30, 2014

The Beastie Boys were around for as long as I can remember music. "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" came out when I was really young. Looking back, they already had three classic albums out by the time Ill Communication dropped. But this was the first...

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'Jeopardy!' and Alex Trebek Go Hip-Hop

May 16, 2014

"What is mo' problems." This is an actual answer from a recent "Battle of the Decades" episode of Jeopardy!, as contestants (including trivia show king Ken Jennings) went head-to-head over their knowledge of Nineties hip-hop. It also rivals...

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Read GoldieBlox's Apology to Beastie Boys

March 19, 2014

GoldieBlox posted a public apology to Beastie Boys on their website Tuesday night, hours after the toy company settled a lawsuit with the hip-hop group over improperly using the band's 1987 song "Girls" in one of their ads. 'Paul Revere' Makes Rolling...

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