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Public Enemy - 93% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugely influential and controversial New York, USA-based rap act, frequently referred to as ‘The Black Sex Pistols’, Public Enemy’s legacy extends beyond rap, and attained a massive cultural significance within black communities. The effect on the consciousness (and consciences) of white people during the act’s heyday (the late 80s and early 90s) is almost a Read more

Black Flag - 74% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Bad Brains - 72% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This black American hardcore punk and dub reggae outfit originated in 1978, when the band members were all playing together in an early fusion outfit. They moved from Washington, DC, to New York where they established a reputation as prime exponents, alongside the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, of the new ‘hardcore’ hybrid of punk, based on a barely credible speed of m Read more

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Cypress Hill - 67% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Heavy Metal Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Another of the new rap breed to extol the creative use of marijuana/hemp, this interracial trio from the Latin quarter of Los Angeles are champions of NORML (National Organisation To Reform Marijuana Laws), and perform tracks such as ‘I Wanna Get High’, ‘Legalize It’ and ‘Insane In The Brain’ which advocate marijuana as a cultural replacement for a Read more

A Tribe Called Quest - 63% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dog (b. Malik Taylor, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA). They formed at school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Nati Read more

Beck - 62% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Bek David Campbell, 8 July 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hansen rose swiftly to prominence in 1994 with his exhilarating marriage of folk (Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie) and guitar noise. As a child he loitered around his bluegrass street musician father, living with his office-worker mother Bibbe Hansen and half-brother in some of Los Angeles’ worst addresses, pickin Read more

House of Pain - 62% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Hardcore Irish American hip-hoppers whose origins can be traced to Taft High School in Los Angeles (former students of which include Ice Cube). The outfit comprised lead rapper Everlast (Erik Schrody, 18 August 1969, Valley Stream, New York, USA), his co-lyricist Danny Boy (b. Daniel O’Connor, USA), and DJ Lethal (b. Leor DiMant, Latvia). Everlast was originally signed Read more

De La Soul - 56% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hailing from Long Island, New York, USA, De La Soul was formed by Posdnous (Kelvin Mercer, 17 August 1969, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA), Trugoy the Dove (b. David Jude Joliceur, 21 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), and Pasemaster Mace (b. Vincent Lamont Mason Jnr., 27 March 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) who were contemporari Read more

Rage Against The Machine - 55% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The name says everything about Rage Against The Machine. The aggressive musical blend of metal guitar and hip-hop rhythms is an appropriate background to the rap-styled delivery of angry, confrontational, political lyrics, addressing concerns over inner city deprivation, racism, censorship, propaganda, the plight of Native Americans and many other issues as the band strive to o Read more

Wu-Tang Clan - 53% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Martial Arts Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This hip-hop crew, whose ranks originally comprised the Genius aka GZA (Gary Grice, 22 August 1966, Staten Island, New York, USA), RZA aka Prince Rakeem (b. Robert Diggs, 5 July 1969, Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Ol’ Dirty Bastard (b. Russell Tyrone Jones, 15 November 1968, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 13 November 2004, Manhattan, Read more

Dead Kennedys - 51% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Primus - 51% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The vast majority of reviewers can generally agree on one word to describe Primus - weird. Formed in San Francisco, California, USA in 1984 by Les Claypool (Leslie Edward Claypool, 29 September 1963, Richmond, California, USA; bass, ex-Blind Illusion), seven drummers passed through before Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander (b. 10 April 1965, Cherry Point, North Carolina, USA) se Read more

Jane's Addiction - 48% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This innovative, art-rock quartet was formed in Los Angeles, USA, in 1986, by vocalist Perry Farrell (Perry Bernstein, 29 March 1959, Queens, New York City, New York, USA). He had formerly starred in the Cure -influenced Psi Com, from whose ranks would also emerge Dino Paredes, while it is rumoured that two other former members joined the Hare Krishna sect. With the addition Read more

The Chemical Brothers - 46% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Tom Rowlands (Thomas Owen Mostyn Rowlands, 11 January 1971, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, England) and Ed Simons (b. Edmund John Simons, 1970, Herne Hill, London, England) met while studying medieval history at Manchester Polytechnic in the late 80s. Rowlands became a member of the Balearic group Ariel, which put out a number of releases on Deconstruction Records. At the sam Read more

Fugazi - 44% match to Beastie Boys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The thinking person’s modern hardcore band, and vocalist/guitarist Ian MacKaye’s most permanent institution since his Minor Threat days. More so than Henry Rollins and, probably, Jello Biafra, Fugazi continued and expanded on the arguments of their antecedents, keeping down album and door prices, shunning mainstream press interviews, and maintaining a commitment to al Read more


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