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Having entertained legions of fans for years, the Beastie Boys are household names and living legends.

Yet, many of the people they have interacted with are not nearly as recognizable. Beastiemania.com feels that the more one knows about band, the more one can truly appreciate all that went into the creation of their music. From the various DJs to various percussionists, the Beastiemania.com Who's Who is an attempt to include everyone who has in one way or another contributed to the Beastie Boys creative spirit.


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So you have heard of the Beastie Boys "Get it Together Buck-Wild Remix", but do you even know who Buckwild is? If not, here is the scoop one of the best producers in the business ... more

Jay "Burzootie" Burnett

The Adam “MCA” Yauch - Jay “Burzootie” Burnett collaboration known as the Drum Machine 12” (DJ004) was released exclusively on vinyl in 1985. Over the years it has remained one of the rarest and most sought after Def Jam releases ... more

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Rock stars and models/actresses have been attracted to one another since the dawn of time. Back in the days of classic rock, the media swirled around the courtship of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall. Then in the 1980s, glam rockers like Tommy Lee found themselves in the company of women like Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. So it would seem inevitable that Adam Horovitz would end up dating Molly Ringwald and that Adam Yauch would be involved with actress/model Lisa Ann Cabasa ... more

Mario Caldato

Thinking back to 1992 when So What'cha Want was booming in everyone's stereo, people would be singing along and saying "Mario C...you can't front on that." But few people really knew who Mario C was or how he fit in with the band. After having worked on the last several Beastie Boys releases since 1992, Mario Caldato Jr. is something of a household name among Beastie Boys fans ... more

Sean Callahan (aka The Heart Attack Man)

Those are the lyrics from the Ill Communication song "Heart Attack Man" which was loosely based upon the basketball exploits of Sean Callahan. The short article written by Shea Johnson in the 1994 ESPN2 Dirt Magazine is the only real information about Sean that exists, so therefore it is drawn on for the biographical information in this entry ... more

Sean "the Captain" Carasov

Sean "the Captain" Carasov was the road/tour/personal manager (under Russell Simmons) for the Beastie Boys from their early club dates to the recording of Licensed to Ill, and the Raising Hell, Together Forever, and Licensed to Ill tours. ... more


The Carcinogens are thought to be Kate Schellenbach's first band. Although no one seems to be able to put an exact date to its period of influence, the Carcinogens likely formed and existed from late 1978 to early 1979 ... more

Circuit II

In July of 1998, fans of the Beastie Boys sat up and took notice as the long awaited Hello Nasty album was released. In July on 2003, five years later, fans of the Beastie Boys nearly fell out of their computer chairs when they heard reports that a long lost track from 1985 had surfaced ... more

Lyor Cohen

In the very center of the 1987 Licensed to Ill Tour Book, there is an unforgettable photo of Lyor Cohen flipping the bird at the photographer. Since 1987, Lyor has flipped hip-hop and rap stereotypes the bird more than once ... more

Nick Cooper

Those are the words of Nick Cooper, who in a September 2003 phone interview with Beastiemania.com shared some of his memories of managing both the Young and the Useless and the Beastie Boys during their New York Hardcore days ... more

Country Mike

Very few bands in the history of popular music have had the ability to cross genres and merge styles as effectively as the Beastie Boys. However, long time fans were still a little shocked when the news spread that the Beastie Boys had recorded the full length Country Mike’s Greatest Hits album ... more

Tom Cushman

Following a long year of touring with the Beastie Boys on the Licensed to Ill tour, Tom and Adam Yauch decided that they would do something different. That something would later turn into what fans today call the Brooklyn "Demos" or the Brooklyn "Sessions" ... more

Cypress Hill

The members of Cypress Hill have changed a little over the years. People have come and gone; yet, the core of the band is B-Real, Sen-Dog, and DJ Muggs. Eric Bobo, who used to play with the Beastie Boys, is also considered a tight part of the Cypress "Soul Assassins" Family ... more

The Dalai Lama

The significance of the Dalai Lama to a Beastie Boys fan varies from person to person. For some he is considered as "His Holiness the Dalai Lama", yet for others he is considered to be the reason that the Beastie Boys have not released more albums since 1992. Regardless of your position or opinion, the Dalai Lama has affected the Beastie Boys as much or more than any of their other contemporary influences. Because of this influence he earns an entry in the Beastiemania.com Who's Who ... more

Bhagavan Das

Beastie Boys fans have had to hunt high and low for rare promotional copies of the 2001 Bhagavan Das album entitled Bhagavan Das Now. Their interest in it is directly linked to the fact that not only did Mike D released it on Grand Royal Records, but he also participated in its creation ... more

Tamra Davis

The wife of Michael Diamond, and perhaps Hollywood's best kept directing secret has helped create more than a few projects you are probably familiar with. If you haven't forgiven her for the Hanson MMMbop video or the Beastie Boys own Netty's Girl music video, get over that and respect her for many accomplishments ... more

De La Soul

Beastie Boys fans always seem to be in search of an album that contains the same elements or feel of the beloved sample opus, Paul's Boutique. Beck's Odelay was created by the same creative team (King and Simpson) as Paul's Boutique, so it is often cited as the next best thing to a sequel. Unfortunately, Odelay lacked the hip-hop heart of Paul's Boutique. On the other hand, De La Soul's Three Feet High and Rising album met both criteria - it was richly layered with samples and also was hip-hop through and through ... more

Def Squad

The Def Squad is team of long time friends Redman, Keith Murray and Erick Sermon, who separately have each had success as rap artists. Erick Sermon may sound familiar to you because he scored hit after hit for Def Jam as one-half of EPMD, and then later took Redman under his guidance and made him a star. The three first teamed up in 1997 on the memorable cover of the Sugar Hill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight" ... more


DFL became a household name among Beastie Boys fans when word got out that Adam Horovitz had played bass on their Grand Royal debut My Crazy Life (1993) ... more

Michael "Mike-D" Diamond

Michael Diamond evolved from being merely another popular musician to being a world renown business magnate. With the rise and fall of Grand Royal, a person can see first hand how at one point Mike D had the "Midas Touch." It seemed like everything he was involved with turned to gold ... more
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