* 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.
* OneOfUs: See above and the below section on shoutouts 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.