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25 Astonishing First Appearances By Famous Rappers

Hear some of the earliest recorded rhymes from Jay Z, Eminem, Beastie Boys and more

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Beastie Boys

"Riot Fight" (1982)

Long before they were hip-hop pranksters, Michael Diamond and Adam Yauch were teenage goofballs who started a jokey hardcore band with what the latter called "the stupidest name possible." Their early run is either the stuff of legend or a standard tale of greasy kid antics: They played their first gig on Yauch's 17th birthday, broke-up because "it didn't seem funny anymore," signed to an indie label run out of a basement, reformed, recorded a 11-minute EP in two days, broke up a second time, reformed again, broke up again, and eventually traded guitarists for a playwright's son named Adam Horovitz. Their Polly Wog Stew EP and the scene-defining New York Thrash cassette comp were both released in 1982, and the 30-second tantrum "Riot Fight" was on both. Despite featuring two famous Beasties, the real star is drummer Kate Schellanbach, who plays a speedy proto-blastbeat that connects the Raincoats to Napalm Death.

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