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Adam Yauch.

Read Fresh Air Remembers Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

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


Read The Beastie Boys Gave Me My Start: Memories Of Adam Yauch

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.

Watch How Adam Yauch Grew Into His Voice

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.

Read Adam Yauch, Co-Founder Of The Beastie Boys, Dies

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


The Beastie Boys circa 1987.

Read Rock Hall Inductees Offer Two Takes On New York Attitude

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


Middle Brother.

Read Ken Tucker's Top 10: The Year In Music

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


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

Watch 15 Songs By This Year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

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

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.

Watch Beastie Boys: Rap's Elder Statesmen Go Back In Time

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


Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

Read The Beastie Boys: Hip-Hop With A Dash Of 'Hot Sauce'

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


The Beastie Boys, present-day.

Listen The Beastie Boys: The Fresh Air Interview

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


Beastie Boys at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards

Watch MTV Loves MTV: A Bad Romance

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

Read Def Jam's 25th Anniversary: Songs We Love

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

Listen Steinski Gives A Sampling History Lesson WNYC

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


Twisted Sister

Listen The '80s: Were They Really That Bad?

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


Listen Summer 2007 Music Preview

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


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