When they first hit the scene two decades ago, who could have guessed these half-grown adolescents would one day become rap elders? With their bratty rhymes and Wiffle bats, Adam Horowitz (King Adrock), Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Yauch (MCA) were the unlikeliest genre survivors. And yet, while Arrested Development and Kool Moe Dee vanished into anonymity, while Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. coughed up the occasional stale record, the Beastie Boys have turned out a series of classics and near-classics. They continue to be relevant, hip and... More >>>
The most unlikely rap survivors: The Beastie Boys are, from left, Mike Diamond, Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch.