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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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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