Beastie Boys (Hip-Hop Stars) by Dennis Abrams

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Darryl McDaniels (DMC) remembers their first meeting in The Skill to Pay the Bills: “Russell was like, ‘Yo, when you meet these guys, they’re gonna bug you out.  the thing about ‘em was that they were so real. It wasn’t like a bunch of white guys faking just to be 33 34 beastie boys down with hip-hoppers or trying to play a role. I respected that a lot . . They came off just like somebody I grew up with on my block . . ” Other black hip-hop artists felt the same way. Chuck D of Public Enemy says in The Skill to Pay the Bills, “The Beastie Boys came out to our radio show at WBAU, trying to prove RUN-DMC Run-DMC was a hip-hop group founded by Joseph “Run” simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.

The sound of the factory machinery could be heard at all hours. Life under a sweatshop definitely wasn’t easy. Once, the boys were hanging out in the living room and heard an explosion in the kitchen. Upon examination, they found holes in their wall, ceiling, and even their toaster oven. It turned out that someone upstairs had fired a gun through the floor. The shot had gone through the toaster and right into the wall! The upside of their place was that they could play their music as loud as they wanted to, whenever they wanted to.

With success came controversy. Parental groups spoke out against the Beastie Boys’ music. They thought their rude, funny lyrics would encourage listeners to take drugs, to become violent, and to treat women badly. The Beastie Boys always made Fame and Its Aftermath MTV Music Television debuted on August 1, 1981, and changed the way people were able to access music. With the emergence and popularity of rap music, MTV created Yo! MTV Raps in 1988, which solely featured rap music. Above, the Beastie Boys appear on the popular rap show in 1992.

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