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Having entertained legions of fans for years, the Beastie Boys are household names and living legends. Yet, many of the people they have interacted with are not nearly as recognizable. feels that the more one knows about band, the more one can truly appreciate all that went into the creation of their music. From the various DJs to various percussionists, the Who's Who is an attempt to include everyone who has in one way or another contributed to the Beastie Boys creative spirit.
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Mix Master Mike

Mix Master Mike had developed a dedicated following long before he united with the Beastie Boys to create elements of Hello Nasty. Mike had proved himself to be a DMC World Champion with his turntablist crew ISP (Invisbl Skratch Piklz). And while with ISP, MMM released several mix tapes and video tapes which showcase his wrists of fury...[Go!]

Thurston Moore

Throughout the last two decades, the career paths of Thurston Moore and the Beastie Boys have run on separate but parallel tracks with an occasional crossover every hundred miles or so...[Go!]

Moppy Scuds

Back in 1981, one of Jill Cunniff's earliest forays into music was the Moppy Scuds. This duo has been mentioned in more than one magazine article without any clear explanation as to who exactly comprised this New York punk entity...[Go!]

Nasal Tongues

In the De La Soul song “Squat,” Adam Horovitz rhymed “I’ve got my own crew called the Nasal Tongues.” Which promoted fans to question: Who are the Nasal Tongues?...[Go!]


So you think you are a Planet of the Apes fan, but you're not even in the game when compared to Nigo, who has the fifth largest POTA collection in the world. If the statement "takes one to know one" is true, than Nigo knows collectors very well. He knows they appreciate it when manufacturers pay special attention to detail, so thus he created the Beastie Boys Action Figures...[Go!]

"Money" Mark Ramos Nishita

Timing is everything. People say that expression all of the time when talking sports, but the same is true in music. Money Mark's timing was perfect when during what became known as the period between Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head he was asked to fix the front gate at the G-Spot (the Los Angeles Beastie Boys' Party House)...[Go!]

Mike Nishita

Mike is pictured here jamming with Money Mark in the summer of 1983-84. In other words, long before the Beastie Boys had even released Licensed to Ill, Mark and Mike were working on perfecting their craft. Back then, Mike would play his 1969 Ludwig drum set, which actually made the big time in 1998. Both the drum set and Mike Nishita went on tour with the Beastie Boys as Money Mark's band would open for the Beasties date after date...[Go!]

Yoko Ono

Entire books have been written about the life and times of Yoko Ono, so it is easy to see that her biography is well behind the scope of the Who's Who entry; her path has more than once crossed that of the Beastie Boys she earns a mention here...[Go!]

Original Concept

Original Concept started out as the Concept Crew, a group who had a popular college radio show on 90.3 WBAU-FM back in the early 1980s. Their show “the Operating Room” was broadcast on Monday nights from Adelphi University on the same station which featured the Spectrum City DJs (Chuck D and Flavor Flav) who later went on to form Public Enemy...[Go!]

Alfredo Ortiz

The cliché "the hardest working man in show biz" has really been overused, but perhaps it is the best way to describe Alfredo Ortiz. Most people who have seen the Beastie Boys 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert set either on video or in person will recall that Alfredo played percussion...[Go!]

Dave Parsons

Without giving much thought to it one way or another, you may have noticed that the Beastie Boys Ratcage Records releases begin with a catalog number designation MOTR. If you were ever curious as to what the "MOTR" meant, the answer is simple but rich in history...[Go!]

Matteo Pericoli

Architect Matteo Pericoli is Italian by birth, New Yorker by choice, and the cover "ill"ustrator for Beastie Boys album To The 5 Boroughs. For those living in New York, it probably comes as no surprise to find out here that Pericoli's depiction of Manhattan's skyscrapers was not originally contracted nor intended to be the cover art for the Beastie Boys long awaited release....[Go!]

Max Perlich

You have seen him opposite the Luscious Jackson crew in the "Naked Eye" music video and also in the Adam Horovitz's movies Cityscrapes: Lost Angeles (1994) and Lost Angels (1989). But who exactly is Max Perlich?...[Go!]

Lee Perry

Grand Royal Magazine issue #2 lists forty-five different nicknames for Lee Perry, but Beastie Boys fans know him best as Dr. Lee Ph.D...[Go!]

The Pharcyde

For the lucky few who own copies of the very first issue of Grand Royal Magazine, you have likely read the interview that Mike D did with the members of the Pharcyde...[Go!]

Dave Pinsky

David Pinsky has known the Beastie Boys for years and has traveled the world with them in 1992, 1994, 1995, & 1996 as a tour sound engineer. His day-job though is back in Minneapolis, MN where he runs Gark Studio...[Go!]

Erin Potts

As co-founders of the Milarepa Fund, Erin Potts and Adam Yauch would begin a quest to raise awareness to the western world and ultimately bring freedom to the people of Tibet. Having started the fund using the royalty money from the Beastie Boys songs "Shambala" and "Bodhisattva Vow", the Milarepa Fund grew in power and eventually woke the nation up with its first Tibetan Freedom Concert...[Go!]

Prince Paul

At just about the same time the Beastie Boys released Licensed to Ill, Prince Paul Huston was beginning his recording career. In 1986 Paul joined Stetsasonic, and acted as the group’s sixth member and DJ...[Go!]

The Prunes

Pictured here to the right are two of three men from Denmark known as "the Prunes". For the record, their names are Simon, Christian, and Peder. Tick (of the late great Grand Royal) wrote the definitive feature on the Prunes for an installment of his Tick's Corner...[Go!]

Public Enemy

Few bands have changed the course of music and entertainment in the way that the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy have. Chuck D and Flavor Flav have been Public Enemy from the beginning, and whether Terminator X is behind the turntables or not, the jams have always been educational and hard hitting...[Go!]

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