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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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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

Mix Master Mike

Mix Master Mike had developed a dedicated following long before he united with the Beastie Boys to create elements of Hello Nasty. Mike had proved himself to be a DMC World Champion with his turntablist crew ISP (Invisbl Skratch Piklz). And while with ISP, MMM released several mix tapes and video tapes which showcase his wrists of fury ... more

Thurston Moore

Throughout the last two decades, the career paths of Thurston Moore and the Beastie Boys have run on separate but parallel tracks with an occasional crossover every hundred miles or so ... more

Moppy Scuds

Back in 1981, one of Jill Cunniff's earliest forays into music was the Moppy Scuds. This duo has been mentioned in more than one magazine article without any clear explanation as to who exactly comprised this New York punk entity ... more