Who's Who > HistoryHome  

Who's Who

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.


0 A B C D E F G H I J K L M
Media: Information:

Kut Master Kurt

Before the end of Grand Royal Records came, Kut Masta Kurt lent his skills to some of the best Grand Royal artist remixes out there for the Beastie Boys, Hurricane, Buffalo Daughter, and Luscious Jackson. That gives you an idea of just how active he was moonlighting for the people at G-Son ... more

Lady Sovereign

ady Sovereign, whose real name is Louise Harman, had a minor hit in England when she teamed up with Preston and released "Nine2Five". She came to our attention a little later in her career when Adam Horovitz remixed the song "A Little Bit of SHHH" for her Vertically Challenged E.P ... more

Large Professor

There are times when I can not improve on a biography that has already been written. This is one of those times. So the majority of this Who's Who entry has been taken from the official Large Professor site ... more

Latch Brothers

The Latch Brothers are Michael Diamond, Tick, and Wag. Their best known work prior to their involvement with the JSRF project were remixes. First they remixed a song for At the Drive In, who were on the Grand Royal record label at the time. Later, they also did a "Shake Your Rump" remix which can be found the Beastie Boys Video Anthology DVD ... more

James Lavelle

If being the founder of one of the coolest and most respected record labels in the world isn't enough, James Lavelle is also half of UNKLE and has created countless remixes over the years for the likes of Garbage, The Verve, South, Blur, Beck, Cornelius, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Buffalo Daughter and countless others ... more

Michael Lavine

Known for his work as an advertising and performing arts photographer, Michael Lavine captured the look and the feel of the Beastie Boys during the Check Your Head era and in turn showed it to the world ... more

Ben Lee

As the story goes, Mike D took an instant liking to the Australian act known as Noise Addict, which was fronted by the talented Ben Lee. After releasing Noise Addict's material on Grand Royal, Ben emerged as an incredible song writer and began his solo career ... more

Sean Lennon

In 1998 when Sean Lennon made a handful of talk show appearances to promote the release of his long anticipated Into the Sun album on Grand Royal Records, he was often asked why he chose Grand Royal over some of the larger and more widely distributed labels. More times than not his reply was that the Beastie Boys were his friends and that there was not the pressure to have a "hit" record with Grand Royal that there may have been had he opted to sign with a larger label ... more

Catherine Lincoln

Many of us would like to have swapped places with Catherine Lincoln (she worked for Capitol Records from 1987 through 1993). For the second half of that time she was the person at Capitol Records who would deal directly with Beastie Boys when it came to issues regarding upcoming releases. ... more

LL Cool J

If you have already read either LL Cool J's book I Make My Own Rules or Angus Batey's book Rhyming and Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys, you may recall the following story of how James owes his start to Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys ... more

Luscious Jackson

Luscious Jackson's first release In Search of Manny was the first non-Beastie Boys release on the young Grand Royal Records. In 1992, many Beastie Boys fans took the time to write to the PO BOX which was given inside of the Check Your Head liner notes. Those who did were sent the the lyrics to the album along with an order form with which they could get Grand Royal and Beastie Boys clothing as well as the In Search of Manny recording ... more

Bob Mack

Bob Mack wrote about the Beastie Boys and in return the Beastie Boys wrote lyrics about him. Bob Mack became something of a household name among Beastie Boys fans when he became editor of Grand Royal Magazine. But, even after he parted ways from Grand Royal, his legend lives on in the hallowed halls of G-Son Studio ... more

Mad Professor

In the Beastie Boys Anthology: Sounds of Science liner notes Mike D was quoted as having said the following in regards to the Beastie Boys song "Dub the Mic": "We had all been influenced by Lee Perry's productions. We were into how on reggae recordings there would often be a 'dub version' on the b-side of a single, a practice that got co-opted by a few punk and early hip-hop singles as well" ... more


In 1985, the pairing of the Beastie Boys and Madonna on the Like a Virgin Tour seemed to make no logical sense at all. Yet, looking back on the careers of the two forces it makes perfect sense ... more

Ari Marcopoulos

Ari's involvement with the band dates back to before Check Your Head. He directed the music video for "Somethings Got to Give" plus one coolest looking promotional photos from 1992 was taken by Ari. Yet, several of the Ari Marcopoulos-Beastie projects that we are more familiar with are from 1994-1995. Things like the Sabotage Homevideo in 1994 and the very popular 8 X 10 promotional photos from 1995 ... more

Biz Markie

Nobody beats the Biz. That is the cold hard reality of life. Whether he is on stage or in the studio, Biz Markie has a way of using humor and his signature vocals to captivate audiences and have them eating out of his hand. In 1996, when he took the stage at the San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert, it seemed so natural to have him standing next to the Beastie Boys ... more

Jody and Michael McFadin

"Groove Merchant"- these two words automatically ring a bell with Beastie Boys fans, yet few people outside of San Francisco really know the whole story behind the popular record store. The history of the place goes something like this: ... more

Bill McMullen

When photos of Adam Yauch and Bill "Billions McMillion" McMullen were first posted in the Sure Shots section of the official site's message board, fans were given a chance to put a face to a name. Prior to the message board postings, few people had any real idea who Billions McMillion was ... more

Jetsun Milarepa

Jetsun Milarepa was a famous saint who is still revered among all four lineages in Tibet. However, this was not always the case. Jetsun's life was full of intrigue, disaster, and amazing feats. Adam Yauch saw similarities in his own life when he heard Milarepa's tale of how Jetsun transformed from an avenging black magician into a supremely powerful yogi, thus pointing the way to self-knowledge and liberation ... more


MC Milk Dee and his brother DJ Giz broke into show business in 1988 with the popular old school album What More Can I Say. Having MC Lyte for a sister worked to their advantage: under the name Audio Two, they gained distribution through Atlantic Recordings. As was the case with Licensed to Ill and many of the other rap albums of the same period, What More Can I Say has been heavily sampled over the years ... more
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8