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The Beastie Boys.

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Interviews & Profiles

Adam Yauch.

May 7, 2012 A look back at the raspy-voiced rapper and activist, with excerpts from a 2006 interview.

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The Beastie Boys' eighth album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, is out this month — along with a long-form music video that takes a comedic look back at the group's early days.

May 9, 2011 The clown princes of hip-hop poke fun at their younger selves in an an epic new music video.

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The Beastie Boys' eighth album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, is out this month — along with a long-form music video that takes a comedic look back at the group's early days.

May 9, 2011 The clown princes of hip-hop poke fun at their younger selves in an an epic new music video.

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The Beastie Boys, present-day.

May 6, 2011 In a 2006 interview, The Beastie Boys discuss their quarter-century in the hip-hop world.

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March 29, 2006 For the Beastie Boys' new concert film, Awesome, they gave cameras to fans in the crowd.

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Discover Songs

Public Enemy in 1987; credit: David Corio/Redferns

December 31, 2009 Def Jam's box set contains some of the most amazing music released since the dawn of hip-hop.

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October 22, 2008 The sampling pioneer speaks about how sampling changed music and a new retrospective collection.

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Twisted Sister

September 2, 2008 Were the 1980s the worst years for music, or the most brilliant?

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June 5, 2007 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen chats with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs an...

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April 2, 2003 We've received a lot of original music from both well-known and home/amateur musicians in reacti...

News

Adam Yauch speaks at a press conference before the 1998 edition of the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C.

May 6, 2012 Friends and collaborators of the Beastie Boy remember the man and his influence.

Adam Yauch (center), with Mike Diamond (right) and Adam Horovitz, in a photo from 1985, the year before the Beastie Boys' debut LP, Licensed to Ill, was released.

May 5, 2012 His low, hoarse voice made Yauch seem like the mature Beastie Boy. He'd eventually earn the title.

Adam Yauch (left) with the Beastie Boys in 1987. The gruff-voiced rapper known as MCA died Friday after a battle with cancer.

May 4, 2012 The gruff-voiced rapper known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He died in New York at 47.

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The Beastie Boys circa 1987.

April 6, 2012 Laura Nyro and The Beastie Boys were inspired by the city in different ways, with lasting results.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Chaka Khan onstage in London in 1985.

September 28, 2011 Hear our favorite song by each of the 15 performers up for induction in 2012.

Beastie Boys at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards

September 13, 2010 A long-lost video from the 1999 Video Music Awards suggests an alternate history for the network.

Reviews

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

May 6, 2011 The group's new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, pays homage to old-school rappers and aging.

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More Stories

Middle Brother.

December 20, 2011 Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

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NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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Solid Gold Hits [Bonus DVD]

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  • Album: Solid Gold Hits [Bonus DVD]
  • Artist: Beastie Boys
  • Released: 2005
 

Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2

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  • Album: Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
  • Artist: Beastie Boys
  • Label: Capitol
  • Released: 2011
 

Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary

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  • Album: Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Released: 2009
 

What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective

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  • Album: What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective
  • Artist: Steinski
  • Label: Illegal Art
  • Released: 2008