Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell
About three bad brothers you know so well
It started way back in history
With ADROCK, MCA and Me- Mike D…

The opening verse to “Paul Revere” is likely to get a hip-hop head moving and reminiscing about golden ages, legends of Def Jam, and their favorite tracks from Licensed to Ill. Last month Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond, and Adam Hororwitz, collectively known as The Beastie Boys, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, songwriter Laura Nyro, The Miracles and others.

Thousands of people packed into Cleveland’s Public Auditorium as the Beastie Boys held it down for hip-hop. It felt pretty epic, especially when you note that only two other hip-hop groups have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five and Run D.M.C.

Rap pioneers Chuck-D and LL Cool J presented the Beastie Boys’ award and shared just how much MCA, Mike D, and ADROCK. And this weekend you can tune in to HBO (May 5th) and catch the presentation and see The Roots, Travie McCoy, and Kid Rock pay tribute to men who gave us “Fight for Your Right,” “Brass Monkey,” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

Do you plan on watching?

Do you care if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acknowledges hip-hop?

Which acts would you like to see inducted?

  • iQgraphics

    actually… the roots.
    one of the last acts around that do it live, do it big and do it well

  • Anon

    Seeing as the Beastie Boys have come out front now and admitted (what many people thought at the time), that they were a PARODY act of rap music and were making fun of black people, I don’t know why folks try to rep them so hard.

  • myblackfriendsays


    I’m not sure what hip-hop artists I’d want inducted. I’ll have to think about it…

  • myblackfriendsays

    They did? Is this somewhere on the internet that I can read about it? I’m not doubting you, just genuinely curious.

  • marais morris

    the rock and roll hall of fame should change its name to the hall of copying, the hall of imitation, the hall of mimic

  • HowApropos

    Queen La (U.N.I.T.Y)

    Slick Rick


    Salt and Pepa

    MC Lyte (Cha-Cha-Cha, Cappuccino)

    *ol’ skool hip-hop head here*

  • HowApropos


    Adam Yauch passed away today…I’m very sad.

    I’m gonna go rock ‘License To Ill’ in his memory.

    RIP, Beastie…

  • Nikki

    I’ve never heard that — I’ve heard the story behind their song Fight For Your Right was a parody of some of the rock music that was out at the time. I would love to read where this admission was made.


  • Bridget


  • Music123345

    Public Enemy
    LL Cool J
    Eric. B and Rakim
    Slick Rick
    Juice Crew (Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Marley Marl, Masta Ace etc.)

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