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Friday, May 4, 2012

We Lost Another Great One Today as Adam Yauch Succumbs to Cancer

Adam Yauch Performing Live
in 2007 with the Beastie Boys
(copyright Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

I was JUST saying how artists still can't hold a torch to The Beastie Boys! They literally influenced the Rap and Hip Hop music we hear today, hands down.  They rank up there with RUN DMC as iconic and always seemed humble and ready to blow our minds.  Today, the lights dimmed on another one of music's great leaders, founding member Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer of the parotid salivary gland. The Beastie Boys as we knew them will never be the same. 
Beastie Boys
Cover of Beastie Boys

Recently it was revealed that QuestLove created 12,000 songs on an iPod as a gift for Blue Ivy, that he will reup each Christmas, and we all know that a few-- if not all -- of their songs will be on it.  So as I was out today with my nine month old daughter, I rapped and b-boxed as many of their songs as I could remember and will be sure to create her a list of the must have, all greatest Rap and Hip Hop songs ever!

Their accolades speak for themselves,  as of 2010, they had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide. They are one of the longest lived Hip Hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2011, more than 25 years after the release of their debut album. The group has been selected as part of the 2012 induction class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after being eligible since 2007.

Here are a list of the top 10 Beastie Boys songs, in no particular order:

Awards and Nominations
Grammy Awards
YearNominated workAwardResult
1992Check Your HeadBest Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
1995"Sabotage"Best Hard Rock PerformanceNominated
1999"Intergalactic"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupWon
1999Hello NastyBest Alternative PerformanceWon
2001"Alive"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
2005"Ch-Check It Out"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
2005To The 5 BoroughsBest Rap AlbumNominated
2008"Off the Grid"Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceNominated
2008The Mix-UpBest Pop Instrumental AlbumWon
2010"Too Many Rappers" (featuring Nas)Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
MTV Video Music Awards
YearNominated workAwardResult
1994"Sabotage"Video of the YearNominated
1994"Sabotage"Best Group VideoNominated
1994"Sabotage"Breakthrough VideoNominated
1994"Sabotage"Viewer's ChoiceNominated
1998Beastie BoysVideo Vanguard AwardWon
1999"Intergalactic"Best Hip-Hop VideoWon
2011"Make Some Noise"Video of the YearNominated
2011"Make Some Noise" (MCA)Best DirectionWon
MTV Europe Music Awards
YearNominated WorkAwardResult
1994Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
1998"Intergalatic"Best VideoNominated
1998"Hello Nasty"Best AlbumNominated
1998Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
1998Beastie BoysBest RapWon
1999Beastie BoysBest Hip-HopNominated
2004Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
2004Beastie BoysBest Hip-HopNominated
2011"Make Some Noise"Best VideoNominated
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