Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed To Ill’ Certified Diamond by RIAA

With the amount of disposable music out there being consumed at an alarmingly rapid rate, it’s always important to reflect on the groundbreaking projects that paved the way for rappers to be unique and express themselves, no matter who they are.

The Beastie Boys are one-of-a-kind, in ever sense of the phrase, and have 10 million stamps of approval to back it up, as the group’s 1986 debut album, Licensed To Ill, was recently certified “Diamond” by the RIAA. Not only is this feat a big deal for their groundbreaking album, but also for hip hop. Until now, no rap album from the ’80s has ever sold 10 million copies.

Although Licensed To Ill was the only album the trio released on Def Jam, it represented the blossoming genre known as hip hop, along with their rising labelmate LL Cool J. The Beastie Boys’ approach to music videos and the tour for the album set it apart from the other influential projects in their catalog. Congrats to the Beasties on their accomplishment.

[h/t AFH]

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