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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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Matt Dike

In today's context, the Dust Brothers are a famous production duo comprised of John King and Mike Simpson. This was not always the case though...a step back into Beastie Boys history would reveal that at one point the Dust Brothers were in fact a trinity, which included a brilliant man by the name of Matt Dike ... more

DJ Cheapshot

Since "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" was not originally released as a single back in 1989, it did not receive the remix treatment that other songs of that era were given. This oversight was corrected with the release of the Beastie Boys Video Anthology (2000) which featured five "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" remixes including the DJ Cheapshot mix ... more

DJ Hurricane

From 1986 to1997, DJ Hurricane was the natural fixture behind the turntables at Beastie Boys concerts. The 1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert II was the last official appearance of the Hurra as DJ for the Beastie Boys. He would later return as a guest DJ on stage in Atlanta, GA when the Hello Nasty tour passed through in 1998 ... more

DJ Moe Love

DJ Moe Love (born Maurice Smith) is from the Fort Green section of Brooklyn. He is one of the original three founding members of the legendary UltraMagnetic M.C.'s. Moe toured the world as Ultra's DJ and produced tracks on their three critically acclaimed albums: Critical Beatdown (1988 Next Plateau), Funk Your Head Up (1992 Mercury) and, The Four Horsemen (1993 Wild Pitch). ... more

DJ Shadow

As half of the UNKLE team, member of the Solesides/Quannum Crew, one of the major players on the MoWax Label, a leader of the sample-based music scene - to say Josh Davis (DJ Shadow) has credibility is an understatement ... more

Jon Doe

For those that do not own the DVD and don't automatically recognize Jon's name, Egon and Jon Doe put together a remix of "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" which has been a fan favorite. If you have ever been curious about how the remixes on the Beastie Boys Video Anthology were selected or how they came into existence, you are in the same company as beastiemania.com, who caught up with Jon Doe and asked him to elaborate on how things came together ... more

Doctor Dré

When asked to name off the people who have acted as Beastie Boys Djs, most fans are quick to answer with DJ Hurricane and/or Mix Master Mike. Those who know their Beastie Boys history may also add DJ Double R (Rick Rubin) to that short list, although a few people will say Doctor Dré ... more

Adam Dubin

You have likely heard the song entitled "The Man Who Sold the World," but have you ever wondered about the man who sold the Beastie Boys to the world through the medium of music videos? That man is Adam Dubin and through his work on both "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)" as well as the "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" music videos, the Beastie Boys became one of MTV's favorite groups ... more

Ken " Duro " Ifill

In 2004 the Beastie Boys released the self produced To the 5 Boroughs album. For the mix, the Beastie Boys called upon Ken Ifill aka “Supa Engineer Duro” ... more

The Dust Brothers - John King and Mike Simpson

The Dust Brothers, who for all of their talent and success as producers, have been cursed with the whole Chemical Bros./Dust Bros. confusion. To set the record straight once and for all, the Chemical Brothers (who are from the UK) were fans of the American Dust Brothers and decided they'd use the same stagename, never thinking they would achieve the fame and fortune that they did ... more

Dynomite D

Dynomite D is best known to Beastie Boys' fans for his beats on the 1995 DJ Hurricane/Beastie Boys track ‘Four Fly Guys.’ Found on both the Jerky Boys Soundtrack as well as the DJ Hurricane Grand Royal Records release The Hurra, ‘Four Fly Guys’ secured a working relationship between Dynomite D and producer Mario Caldato Jr. To this day Mario and Dynomite D remain friends. But, Dynomite D’s work with the Grand Royal family does not end there ... more


It is nearly every testosterone driven teenage male's wish: a well-endowed scantily clad women in a cage. During the Licensed to Ill world tour, that wish along with many others was granted to the Beastie Boys ... more


The lithograph that EMEK did for Beastie Boys 1998 concert is arguably the band's most recognizable print. Although many fans own the inexpensive poster version, only a limited edition of 100 silkscreen prints exists. ... more

Steve Ett

Licensed to Ill’s inner liner notes credit Steve Ett as the album’s head engineer, and if you are a fan of the Def Jam golden era you have likely seen his name credited repeatedly along side of Rick Rubin’s ... more

Even Worse

Prior to the formation of the Beastie Boys, John Berry played in two bands. One was the Young Aborigines, whose members included Mike D, Kate Schellenbach, and Jeremy Shatten. The other was Even Worse which formed on April 29th 1980 ... more

Fab Five Freddy

Fans of the Beastie Boys will always remember Fab Five Freddy from his reign as host of Yo! MTV Raps. Specifically the appearances that Freddy filmed in New York with the Beastie Boys while on location in Chinatown. Those episodes aired on MTV following the release of Paul’s Boutique in 1989, and helped to push the album to sales of 500,000 units ... more

Fatboy Slim

Riding high on the success of his album, Fatboy Slim was approached by the Beastie Boys to remix one of their songs from Hello Nasty (1998). The result was a remix that was so good that the band chose it for the music video in place of their original lp version ... more

Cathy Fitzsimons

Cathy Fitzsimons and Dave Parsons were a high profile couple during the height of the NYHC movement and together ran the Ratcage Records store. Although Cathy is remembered by many who were part of the NYHC scene, in print she has been largely overlooked ... more

Flophaus Society Orchestra

The Flophaus Society Orchestra was yet another one of Mike D’s many side-projects. The group consisted of Mike D on drums, the ubiquitous David Sparks on washboard, Paul Henshaw on bass, Jay Wako on piano, Jeff Baker on trombone, a clarinet player in a Sear sucker suit named John Bartles, Eric Hubel on mandolin, and Bosco supplying vocals, hot cornet, & musical direction ... more

Glen E. Friedman

The photography of Glen E. Friedman is legendary amongst Beastie Boys fans. Glen was there to photograph the band during the wild days of Licensed to Ill and then returned to the foreground with his Check Your Head album cover photo ... more
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