Beastie Boys Finally Inducted Into The Rock Hall Of Fame
The Beastie Boys, were formally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where festivities began with a concert paying tribute to the newly elected members.
The Beastie Boys class of fellow inductees includes Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/Faces, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps, and The Miracles.
The induction culminates their eventful career as they continue to craft songs and distribute their work worldwide.
“We’re in the rock and roll hall of fame? That’s f—-n’ crazy and awesome! While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the slits, bad brains, x-ray spex, the treacherous three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us,” The Beastie Boys said.
In November 1984, the Beastie Boys song “Rock Hard,” became one of the first songs that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin released collectively on Def Jam Recordings.
They even took the music scene by storm when they released their mega hit “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”.
The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts, and gave Licensed to Ill a boost in selling over four million copies in less than a year, and later going on to sell nine million albums worldwide.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes The Beastie Boys follow-up project, Paul’s Boutique, as a landmark project in Hip-Hop history.
Receiving two awards in separate genres showcased the Beastie Boys’ crossover appeal, as seen throughout the years in their music which attracts both Rock and Rap/Hip-Hop fans.
The group’s accolade was presented during the induction by Chuck D of Public Enemy.