* AllStarCast: Their video to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evA-R9OS-Vo&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXcXhR6yeZtnX16riQ9oteaw ''Fight For Your Right (Revisited)''.]]
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Artist Existence Failure]]: MCA passed away in 2012 from cancer.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Not long after MCA's death, various obituaries of his directorial alter-ego Nathaniel Hornblower appeared on fan websites.
* CreatorBacklash: The Beasties haven't performed "Fight For Your Right" live since 1987, think it "sucks" and are annoyed that its ironic, sarcastic nature was lost on its intended target of fratboys.
** It really makes you wonder how Ad-Rock and Mike D felt when Music/{{Coldplay}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVr4UP9ntLs preformed "Fight For Your Right" live to honor MCA after his death]].
** Also, they've apologized repeatedly for their earlier sexism and homophobia.
** Ad-Rock also hates "Finger Lickin' Good" ([[DontExplainTheJoke because he does not rap on it]]).
* DevelopmentHell: Since ''Ill Communication'', they've sure started to take their time releasing albums.
** The indefinitely postponed ''Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1'' may be stuck there forever after MCA's AuthorExistenceFailure.
** At least [[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20095617,00.html one]], [[http://www.mictomic.com/2008/04/is-another-beastie-boys-film-in-works.html possibly two]], feature films ended up here.
* ExecutiveMeddling: After the Beasties fled to Capitol, Def Jam head Russell Simmons announced that he would assemble an album created from the band's outtakes with extra contributions by others (think Music/TupacShakur's and Music/TheNotoriousBIG's posthumous albums). ''Paul's Boutique'' came out first, and nothing was heard about Simmons' idea again.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The outtakes from ''Licensed to Ill'' have never been officially released, including a cover of Music/TheBeatles' "I'm Down" and a song called "The Scenario," though the latter did make a brief appearance in the Creator/ChristianSlater movie ''Film/PumpUpTheVolume''.
* OldShame: According to the Beasties themselves, ''Licensed to Ill''. Their early [=EPs=] and singles also fit into this category, given that they eventually re-released them on a compilation entitled ''Some Old Bullshit'' [[note]]They seem to at least have some affection for their early song "Egg Raid On Mojo" though - they included a lyrical reference to it in "Egg Man", occasionally played it live even after becoming primarily a hip-hop group, and it's one of two songs from this period to appear on the band-curated compilation ''Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science'' (the other one being their namesake song)[[/note]]. They also regretted their party-boy antics when they hit it big, and cut out misogyny in their later albums.
* OneOfUs: The [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]]-[[{{Kaiju}} Space Monster]] battle in the video for "Intergalactic". They also later changed the official lyrics of "Ch-Check it Out" to use the Klingon reference from the clean version, and the music video is one giant one for ''Franchise/StarTrek''. For more, check the ShoutOut section in the Music tab.
* ThrowItIn: A lot of their samples.
** The well-known example of RhymingWithItself in "Pass The Mic": Mike D meant to rhyme "commercial" and "rehearsal", but in the take they used on the album, he accidentally repeated himself, resulting in "Everybody's rapping like it's a commercial / Acting like life is a big commercial".
* ThePeteBest: John Berry (guitar) and Kate Schellenbach (drums) left before the band signed with Def Jam and switched from punk to rap.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In interviews, Mike D mentioned the idea of releasing a WithLyrics version of ''The Mix-Up'' as a companion to the instrumental one, with guest vocalists on every song. {{Music/MIA}} and Music/JarvisCocker were rumored to be among the contributors.
** Some positive ExecutiveMeddling occurred over the name of ''Licensed To Ill'' - the label wouldn't let them use the IntentionallyAwkwardTitle ''Don't Be A Faggot''. The band of course now consider this a further bit of OldShame about that album.
** Stories differ on who instigated it or how serious the idea was, but there was discussion about firing Mike D when they signed with Def Jam because his image wasn't as hardcore as the others.