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Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time

2/28/2016 11:00am EST
30 Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Rap is one of the newer genres of music, compared to the majority of popular music. Often associated with rebelliousness – violence, drugs, money, sex and the streets – rap has garnered its fair share of controversy throughout its relatively short history. Despite the controversies and criticisms associated with the style, there have been plenty of triumphs – important songs and albums – that have built an illustrious history.

This list examines some of the most important albums in rap’s history – what an arduous task to say the least! Even with fewer years under its belt, there have been ...

Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

5/17/2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...

Snubbed: 10 Classic Music Videos That Didn't Win An MTV Video Music Award

8/24/2014 10:30am EDT
Snubbed: 10 Classic Music Videos That Didn't Win An MTV Video Mu
The 2014 Video Music Awards are airing this Sunday, August 24, at 9 PM on MTV. This year’s nominees for Video of the Year are Iggy Azalea’s "Clueless" homage, Pharrell’s ode to positivity, Miley’s naked swinging escapade, Sia’s 11-year old dancing avatar, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s black-and-white beach romp. Which one will take home the Moonman, and which four will join the company of these ten classic clips that did not take home music television’s highest honor?

1. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

In 1999, MTV placed the King of Pop’s epic horror movie homage number one on its list of th...

The Owner of ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Creating Tribute Mural To The Beastie Boys

7/27/2014 8:31am EDT
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The proprietor of the Manhattan store that was featured on the cover of the innovative Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique’ album has commissioned an artist to create a mural tribute to the legendary rap trio to mark the 25th anniversary of the release.

Yesterday, Danielle Mastrion started constructing the montage on the wall of sandwich shop Wolfnights.

The shop was Lee's Sportswear, on Ludlow Street when the original cover art was created. In January of 2009, the album was re-released in a 20th anniversary package re-mastered in 24-bit audio and featuring a commentary track.

The glorious new...

Beastie Boys Win Copyright Infringement Suit Against Monster Beverage Corp.

6/6/2014 2:46pm EDT
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The Beastie Boys' ongoing lawsuit with Monster Beverage Corporation, which makes the popular Monster energy drink brand, is finally over.

The hip-hop group was awarded a $1.7 million settlement by a jury, which delivered its verdict on Thursday.

The group had been seeking $2.5 million from the suit, which was filed in 2012. Parts of the group's songs "Sabotage," "So What’cha Want," "Make Some Noise" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" were used in a YouTube video for the energy beverage without the group's permission.

The songs were used in a tribute video to late B-Boy Adam "MCA" Yau...

Proposal For Beastie Boys NYC Street Honor Temporarily Rejected

1/18/2014 2:07pm EST
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Officials in Manhattan have delayed proposals surrounding a Beastie Boys street honor request after declaring the plans need more support from locals.

LeRoy McCarthy launched an online campaign last year, urging NYC Community Board members to rename the corner of Rivington and Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, which featured on the rap act's Paul's Boutique album, Beastie Boys Square.

His case went before the board but was temporarily rejected after a lengthy debate amid concerns it lacked the full backing of nearby residents.

McCarthy was encouraged to collect 150 signatures from pe...

Beastie Boys File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against GoldieBlox

12/12/2013 11:46pm EST
Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz
The Beastie Boys have filed a lawsuit against the toy company that used their single "Girls" in an online ad without permission.

Toy company GoldieBlox, which used the song in its Princess Machine commercial, maintains that since the song was parodied and the lyrics were changed its protected under fair use laws, but the two surviving Beasties, Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz maintain that it's copyright infringement and are seeking damages in the form of all profits that the ad generated for GoldieBlox.

According to the group's lawyers, the toy company acted "willfully, maliciously and op...

Beastie Boys Threaten Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 'Girls' Toy Commercial

11/24/2013 10:01am EST
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Legendary musicians the Beastie Boys have threatened the honchos of a toy company with legal action if they don't drop a viral advertising video that features a version of their song Girls.

In the Goldieblox Princess Machine commercial, which has been viewed seven million times since Monday, three young girls sing alternative lyrics to the tune.

The Beastie Boys' legal representatives have now accused GoldieBlox of copyright infringement, nevertheless the toy firm bosses insist the parody of the song is fair use, and they have demanded a judgment to protect themselves from a legal battle....

The Beastie Boys Release Limited Edition Watch To Support Adam Yauch Park

5/9/2013 4:16pm EDT
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On Tuesday, the surviving members of rap pioneers The Beastie Boys released a limited-edition line of watches on to fund programs at a neighborhood park named in honor of late band member Adam 'MCA' Yauch.

Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and his fellow Beastie Boy Michael 'Mike D' Diamond presented the line of brightly colored timepieces on the band's official page on Tuesday and all stock was sold out within 30 minutes.

The nautical-themed $75 accessories, created in partnership with officials at watchmakers Nixon Time Teller Pieces, feature an image of Diamond dressed in a yachti...

Fans Remember Adam Yauch One Year After Death

5/6/2013 5:33pm EDT
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Beastie Boys fans celebrated the life of Adam "MCA" Yauch on Saturday, one year after his death, by declaring it was MCA Day.

Yauch died last year on May 4th after a battle with throat cancer, and fans in his native Brooklyn gathered at Littlefield art space to remember the late rapper.

Several friends of the group took to a stage, surrounded by photos of MCA. DJ Hurricane recalled a story: "At this show back in 1987 the opening band, Murphy's Law, couldn't make it. So we dressed up in suits and moustaches, like the Sabotage video. Adam shoves this banana in his pants and it fell down dur...

Brooklyn Playground To Be Renamed After Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

5/2/2013 4:23pm EDT
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Brooklyn Heights residents are reportedly set to pay tribute to late Beastie Boys star Adam 'MCA' Yauch by renaming a local playground in his memory.

According to the New York Post, Palmetto Playground will become known as the Adam Yauch Playground after city officials debut the new title at a special ceremony on Friday.

Michael 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz are expected to attend the event to salute their band mate, who was just 47 years old when he lost his battle with throat cancer on May 4th last year.

Fans had originally pushed for the nearby Squibb Park to be renam...

Beastie Boys' Mike D Has Big Plans For Sandy Food Truck

4/3/2013 8:38am EDT
Ad Rock Mike D
The Beastie Boys' Mike D is planning to make his free food truck a permanent fixture in an area of New York devastated by Hurricane Sandy last year.
The pioneering hip-hop star teamed up with top restaurateurs from New York City to bring warm food to residents of Rockaway in the borough of Queens in the aftermath of the disaster, and they have so far served more than 19,000 meals from their Rockaway Plate Lunch van.

Mike D, real name Michael Diamond, has now revealed they hope to eventually change the scheme into a paid operation run by locals to stimulate the economy and draw tourists...

Beastie Boys Urge Judge To Dismiss Sampling Lawsuit

11/29/2012 3:32pm EST
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The existing members of the Beastie Boys have urged a judge to drop an unauthorized sampling lawsuit filed against them, insisting fans won't be able to identify the source of the music.

Record label executives at TufAmerica filed the suit against the rap trio on the day before Adam Yauch died in May - and his bandmates have only just responded. In the legal papers, the record label bosses allege the rappers illegally sampled material on the 1986 album License to Ill and the 1989 album Paul's Boutique from their catalogue.

However, the group's lawyers went to court on Monday, insisting ...

Adam Yauch Skateboard Designs To Go Under The Hammer

9/21/2012 8:26pm EDT
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Three skateboard decks designed and signed by late Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch just weeks before his death are to be auctioned off in November to raise cash for charity.

Yauch, aka MCA, wrote out the lyrics to the rap trio's Bodhisattva Vow on the decks and signed and dated each one in March.

They will hit the online auction block alongside boards and decks featuring lyrics scribbled by Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, among others, on November 29th.

All proceeds will help fund a new Tony Hawk project to create skate parks in low-income communities. The Yauch boards auction will benefi...

Beastie Boys Sue The Makers Of Monster Energy Drink Over Copyright Infringement

8/9/2012 2:43pm EDT
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The Beastie Boys have filed suit against the bosses of a popular energy drink company over allegations of copyright infringement.

The Body Movin' hit-makers lodged papers in Manhattan federal court in New York on Wednesday, claiming Monster executives have been using their tracks in a promotional video and downloadable audio file without their permission.

The lawsuit emerges just two days after late rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch's will was filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court.

The documents reveal Yauch had amassed a fortune of $6.4 million, which would be placed in a trust fund for his wife ...

Adam Yauch To Be Remembered On Brooklyn Memorial Walk

8/1/2012 11:59pm EDT
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Fans of the Beastie Boys will get their chance to pay their respects to late hip-hop star Adam 'MCA' Yauch this weekend as part of a walking tour in Brooklyn, New York.

The memorial Beastie Boys walking tour and celebration falls on the day before what would have been MCA's birthday.

The tour, which will begin at 9am, features stops at John Berry's loft - the site of the band's first show, and the location of the "Paul's Boutique" album cover.

The free tour will culminate with a party at Overlook bar in Manhattan.

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Says He Feels 'Totally Numb' Over MCA's Death

5/23/2012 7:11pm EDT
Adam Horovitz
Adam Horovitz has opened up about his grief for Beastie Boys band mate Adam Yauch, confessing he cried in a street as he struggled to deal with his friend's death.

The rapper, known as MCA, died on May 4th at the age of 47 following a three-year battle with cancer after doctors discovered a tumor in his salivary gland in 2009.

Horovitz, dubbed Ad-Rock, thanked fans for their support in the wake of Yauch's death but admitted, "As you can imagine, s**t is just fkd (f**ked) up right now."

He's now gone public with his feelings in a new Rolling Stone magazine interview, which was conducte...

The Beastie Boys Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

5/8/2012 11:35am EDT
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Legendary Hip-hop group the Beastie Boys are facing a new copyright lawsuit just days after the death of band member Adam Yauch.

Bosses at music label Tuf America launched a legal battle against the Intergalactic hit-makers last week, alleging the band illegally sampled Trouble Funk's Say What and Drop The Bomb on four of its early tunes - The New Style, Car Thief, Shadrach, and Hold It, Now Hit It.

Tuf America chiefs are seeking a trial to determine the appropriate amount of damages, according to

The papers were filed at the United States District Court for the Souther...

Beastie Boy Mike D Struggling To Come To Terms With Adam Yauch's Passing

5/7/2012 9:59pm EDT
Mike D
Beastie Boys rapper Mike D has been in a "blur of deep emotions" after losing his friend and bandmate Adam Yauch to cancer.

Yauch, known as MCA, died on Friday at the age of 47 following a three-year battle with the disease.

Bandmate Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz broke his silence about Yauch's passing on Sunday night, thanking friends and family for their outpouring of "love and support", and now fellow Beastie Boy Mike D has opened up about the loss and paid tribute to his late pal.

In a post on the band's page, the star, real name Michael Diamond, admits he's struggling to come...

Beastie Boys 'Ad-Rock' And 'Mike D' Thank Fans In Support Over Adam Yauch's Death

5/7/2012 12:15pm EDT
Adam Yauch
Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz And Mike 'Mike D' Diamond have both reached out to their fans following the loss of their friend and bandmate Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who at the age of 47 lost his three year battle with cancer on Friday.

In a post on the Beastie Boys official Tumblr blog Horovitz wrote, " as you can imagine, sh!t is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you." The post is accomp...

Adam Yauch's Mom Says The Beastie Boys Star Was 'Courageous' In His Last Moments

5/6/2012 8:44am EDT
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The mother of Beastie Boys singer Adam Yauch has opened up about her son's "courageous" battle with cancer, insisting Adam remained hopeful right until he passed away.

The 47-year-old rapper, known as MCA, died on Friday after a three-year battle with the disease. Doctors discovered a tumor in his salivary gland in 2009.

The star was admitted to the hospital on April 14, but his condition deteriorated rapidly over the last two weeks. He died in New York City with his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and 13-year-old daughter, Tenzin, at his bedside.

His mother told the New York Times, "He was a very ...

Chuck D Pays Tribute To Adam Yauch, Says His Support For Public Enemy Was 'Unbelievable'

5/5/2012 6:28pm EDT
Chuck D
Public Enemy star Chuck D paid tribute to late hip-hop pioneer Adam Yauch on Friday after the Beastie Boys legend passed away after a long battle with throat cancer.

Chuck D attributes the trio from Brooklyn with helping put his group on the map.

"Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago," he tweeted. "They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then 'til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to los...

Tributes Pour In For Late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

5/5/2012 9:02am EDT
Adam Yauch
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Slash and Justin Timberlake have added their heartfelt tributes to late Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch, who lost his battle with cancer on Friday.

Rappers and Q-Tip, and rockers Travis Barker and Fred Durst were among the first stars to express their grief at the death of the rap icon, also known as MCA, and the messages of condolence have continued to pour in via

News of Yauch's passing was first reported by Simmons' blog and the veteran rap pioneer, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings with producer Rick R...

In Memoriam Adam Yauch: The Best Beastie Boys Songs Ever

5/4/2012 5:03pm EDT
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The music world lost a great talent today when Adam "MCA" Yauch died at the age of 47. In memoriam, let's look at some of the great tunes that made the Beastie Boys one of the greatest acts ever. We'd be here all day if we listed them all, but here are the first that come to mind (in no particular order):


One of their best songs ever, most definitely their best music video ever. The Beastie Boys started as a punk band, and they reached back to their roots to deliver an aggressive rap over distorted guitars. "WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?"

Shake Your Rump

"It's the joint! BWAAAHAMMMMM!" I...

Stars Pay Tribute To Beastie Boys' Legend Adam Yauch

5/4/2012 3:18pm EDT
Adam Yauch, Q-Tip, Travis Barker, and Fred Durst are leading the tributes to tragic Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch following his death on Friday.

Rapper Yauch, also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a tumor in his salivary gland in 2009, and he lost his battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 47.

The hip-hop pioneer's passing has sent shockwaves through the music community and now dozens of celebrities are speaking out to share their grief on

Black Eyed Peas star writes, "restinpeaceMCA 1 of my favorite hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to w...

Adam Yauch Of The Beastie Boys Dead At 47

5/4/2012 1:28pm EDT
Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch, one-third of the legendary hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, according to TMZ. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys' induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group's most recent album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2."

The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos ...

Axl Rose Apologizes To Cleveland, Fans Over Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Drama

4/18/2012 9:42am EDT
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Axl Rose has officially apologized to Guns N' Roses fans and the city of Cleveland, Ohio, for turning down the honor of becoming a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rose declined the induction into the Cleveland museum and announced he would not be attending the annual gala on Saturday in a letter to officials last week.

And now he has penned another lengthy essay to "Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N' Roses Fans and everyone who's shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" and posted it on the band's official website.

In the open letter, he writes, "I seriously ...

No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

4/15/2012 10:30am EDT
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The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...

The Beastie Boys To Be Subject Of New Photo Exhibit

4/9/2012 2:16pm EDT
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Rare images of pioneering rap group the Beastie Boys are set to go on display to celebrate the stars' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Adam 'MCA' Yauch and Ad-Rock will cement their place in the famed Cleveland, Ohio museum on Saturday and to celebrate the honor, a special three-part Kings of Rock photo exhibit will be staged at hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' Rush Arts Gallery in New York this week .

The first gallery show will feature iconic pictures of the stars taken by Sunny Bak in the 1980s, while photographer Talib Haqq will display...

Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

3/23/2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...