After returning home, from spending New Years eve in Detroit, Michigan. The Beastie Boys take a short vacation before starting work on what will later become the Ill Communication album. As the album takes shape, recording sessions are conducted on both coasts. While out in Los Angeles, CA, the Beastie Boys return to their Atwater Village G-Son studio. Yet, back in New York, the Beastie Boys use the Tin Pan Alley studio. It is here that Ari Marcopoulos takes many of the rehearsal photos which later appear in the Ill Communication liner notes as well as in the book Pass the Mic (2001). Also shot on location at Tin Pan Alley studio is footage which will later be released on the Sabotage home video (1995).
At the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, although the Beastie Boys Check Your Head album is nominated for best rap performance by a duo or a group the Beastie Boys do not win it. Sadly, the award goes to Arrested Development for their album Tennessee.
Those browsing the magazine rack at their local news stand or grocery store, are shocked to see the cover story teaser "One Beastie Boy Makes Us a Birthday Cake" on the cover of the popular teen magazine "Sassy." Inside this issue, Mike D and Wag team up to make a carrot cake from a recipe that originally appeared in the book "I Can't Believe It Has No Sugar."
On the 9th of September, Check Your Head is certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales reaching 1,000,000 copies.
On October 31st, at the age of 23, the young and talented actor River Phoenix dies outside of the Viper Room Club in Los Angeles, CA. A few days later at Phoenix's funeral, Adam Horovitz disaproves of the way that tabloid journalists and paparazzi are exploiting the ceremony. After an altercation with the "Hard Copy" news team, Adrock ends up with charges of "aggravated assault" pressed against him. In the end, Horovitz prevails and beats the alledged charges.