Beastie Boys

Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz AKA Beastie Boys

Educational Background and Location

Mike D--Saint Ann's School, Adam Yauch--Edward R. Murrow High School, Adam Horovitz--went to school in Manhattan, New York City, NY

Brief Personal Bio

Beastie Boys formed in July 1981 when the bassist Jeremy Shatan left New York City for the summer and the remaining members Michael Diamond, John Berry and Kate Schellenbach formed a new hardcore punk band with Adam Yauch called Beastie Boys. In November 1982, the Beastie Boys recorded the 7" EP Polly Wog Stew at 171A studios, an early recorded example of New York hardcore.

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Beastie Boys "performed most of the music while integrating an array of samples, beats and witty wordplay into an ever-intriguing sonic smorgasbord".

Link to Matching PP Guides/Glossary Terms

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When matched to the Beastie Boys, you are matched to a group of artists who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your work may include witty wordplay combined with structured rhythms that integrate in a good way. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to the Beastie Boys' and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

The Beastie Boys integrate "an array of samples, beats and witty wordplay" into their many rap songs.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Licensed to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty, To the 5 Boroughs, The Mix-Up, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Social Handles (Links)

twitter: @beastieboys