25 Astonishing First Appearances By Famous Rappers

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

blog comments powered by Disqus

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.

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.