Beastie Boys 30 Year Tribute: Licensed to Ill Essays

Darren Selector – Thirty years ago the Beastie Boys released their debut album Licensed to Ill. At that time in my life, I don’t think I had heard any hip-hop. My pops was a fan of new wave so I knew Blondie’s “Rapture,” (which counts as hip-hop in my book, actually) and maybe I heard the Clash on some the mixtapes he recorded while listening to Seattle’s short-lived KYYX radio at work?