13 May '11, 9pm

Friday music blogging: Beastie Boys

To Kids These Days, the Beastie Boys must seem like a fixed, eternal part of the pop culture universe, like a constellation that periodically comes in and out of view but you always know is out there somewhere. Which is weird for an old fart like me who remembers their first album, Licenced to Ill , coming out in 1986. (If you're counting, that was 25 years ago .) It was catchy, yes -- the first rap album ever to reach No. 1 on Billboard -- but it sure sounded like a one-hit wonder. Who ever thought a cruder, brattier version of Run DMC would go on to be a career artist? What happened next is, to me, still astonishing. The Beasties dropped producer Rick Rubin, disappeared into the studio with the Dust Brothers , and emerged with an album, Paul's Boutique , that remains one of hip-hop's great triumphs. It's over 20 years old and it still sounds ahead of its time. It's hard ...

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