* 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. 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".
* 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.