Considered by many to be a pinnacle of 1980s New York hip-hop, The Beastie Boys are the latest in a handful of artists to sell a whole bunch of records.
The NY-based group, consisting of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, the late Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, just saw their debut album Licensed To Ill cross 10 million units sold since its debut in 1986; it was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 4, one of only six other albums and five other artists to receive that honor. The other artists include OutKast (Speakerboxx/The Love Below), Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show), 2Pac (All Eyez On Me), The Notorious B.I.G. (Ready To Die), and MC Hammer (Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em).
The remaining Beastie Boys recently successfully sued the energy drink Monster back in 2012 for using their music without their permission for $1.7 million, but this kind of landmark must be just as sweet to them. Check out “The New Style” below.