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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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Mark Kates

"I may not have pictured myself running Grand Royal in my dreams, but I suppose it is the best example of what I have been seeking for a long time a smaller operation, independent of corporate influence. Hard to say what I would have done differently other than get into A&R sooner. I have learned to be patient, that like-minded people eventually get together in creative situations, and that the great artists know what they are doing" ... more

Kerry King

Getting right up there with Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild," "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" is one of the greatest road-trip songs of all time. The liner notes of the Beastie Boys' 1986 Def Jam release Licensed to Ill thanks a certain man for his "frozen metal and lead guitar:" the heavy metal guitar riffs that power the song were provided courtesy of Slayer guitarist Kerry King ... more

Kool Moe Dee

In the Beastie Boys' song "Intergalactic" they rhyme "Got an A from Moe Dee for sticking to themes." The "A" is in reference to the score of 10 that Kool Moe Dee gave the Beastie Boys in his infamous rapper's report card. What the Beastie Boys didn't mention in that song was the other relatively low marks that they received from Kool Moe Dee ... more


"We had a lot of extra material, and these songs all got written by Jill and myself on tour on a couple of acoustic guitars. We had just been on tour so long, we got antsy I guess and did these things." Vivian Trimble gave this response when she was asked about the origin of the Kostars ... more

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