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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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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

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