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Rap Flashback – Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

April 14th, 2012 marks the induction date of the multiple-time Grammy Award winning Beastie Boys into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  With their roots as an edgy punk band back in 1979, the Beastie Boys evolved many times, fusing Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop in ways with which few others have had similar success.  True Hip Hop pioneers that they are, Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yach (MCA), and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) blessed the music world for 30+ years with such classic albums as 1986’s Licensed to Ill, 1989’s Paul’s Boutique, 1994’s Ill Communication, and most recently The Mix-Up in 2008 and Hot Sauce Committee Part Two back in 2011.

While some will play the color lines and suggest that the Beastie Boys paved the way for such prominent Rap acts as 3rd Bass, Vanilla Ice, and Eminem, we at JP Lime Productions opine that this particular group of emcees blurred any and all color, ethnic, and racial barriers.  The Beastie Boys simply opened lanes for Hip Hop as a musical art-form, a genre, and the movement which it’s become since its humble beginnings many moons ago.  Their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a testament to their impact on music and pop culture and also speaks to their importance as far more than just a white Hip Hop band.  Sadly, a mere two weeks after the band’s induction, Adam Yauch would pass away from cancer complications, marking the unofficial end of the group’s reign of dominance.

That said however, the boys from NY kept our heads KNOCKING for over 3 decades and as such, we at JP Lime Productions salute the Beastie Boys for their much deserved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!


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