* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Artist Existence Failure]]: MCA passed away in 2012 from cancer.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Take your pick. ''Paul's Boutique'' is the most frequently named.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qORYO0atB6g "Intergalactic"]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Opening for Music/{{Madonna}} on one of her earlier tours. The interaction between the fanbases was...interesting.
** The short film for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" with Santigold certainly qualifies. A marionette adventure! The plot of the video is: [[spoiler: the Marionette!Beasties are pursued by a {{Determinator}} unnamed commando who is inexplicably anti-Beasties. The commando ambushes the Beasties at a concert, who promptly escape into a snowy forest. The commando and his troops attack the Beasties; all but the commando are killed. The dead troops return as zombies to come after the Beasties, who are unexpectedly rescued by a Yeti. The Yeti flies the Beasties off by helicopter, which is then shot down by the commando. The Beasties parachute safely into an ocean. Mike D is then attacked by a shark, but rescued by the return of Santigold, who was on stage during the concert at the beginning. The Beasties and Santigold, inside a submersible, then take out the commando and his next wave of troops by firing missiles at them. As the Beasties and Santigold escape, the commando emerges from the water, still bent on revenge.]]
** Possibly "5-Piece Chicken Dinner" on ''Paul's Boutique'': a CountryMusic interlude (sampled from ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'', no less) in the middle of the album, sandwiched between [[IntercourseWithYou "Hey Ladies"]] and [[RapMetal "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun"]].
* EarWorm: "Shadrach" has a very infectious beat.
* EpicRiff: Pretty much all of their songs have at least one.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Paul's Boutique''.
* FaceOfTheBand: Highly averted, as the three [=MCs=], Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock, are all equally prominent as band vocalists.
** They do not even appear in their new videos, "Fight For Your Right Revisited" and "Make Some Noise" (an edited version of the former).
*** They actually do appear at the end of "Fight For Your Right Revisited" as [[spoiler:the cops who arrested the past and future version of the group]].
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments:
** The video for "Fight For Your Right". Arguably the funniest music video ever made.
** As with "Ch-Check it Out". The Boys slap each other with alligators randomly leaping into their hovercraft. It goes from there.
** Ditto "Sabotage", of course.
** Don't forget about the video for "Intergalactic." Even [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/1361758594_beastie-boys-intergalactic-single_5644.jpg the cover art for the single]] is hilarious.
** In "No Sleep Till' Brooklyn", when the guitar solo begins, a ''guy in a gorilla suit'' is shown playing it, only for a more metal looking guitarist to rush in, shoulder push the gorilla away and resume the solo. That guitarist, ''Kerry King from'' ''Music/{{Slayer}}.''
*** Even funnier was that originally Kerry and the gorilla's roles were ''reversed'', but Kerry objected, saying "If anyone is gonna is gonna be pushed off stage, it's gonna be me pushing the gorilla."
* GrowingTheBeard: ''Paul's Boutique''. (And in MCA's case at the time, literally.)
* HilariousInHindsight: As of ''Hot Sauce Committee'', [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} the Beastie Boys have eight albums]].
* MagnumOpus: ''Paul's Boutique''.
* [[MaturityIsSeriousBusiness Immaturity Is Serious Business]]
* MisaimedFandom: While a lot of their songs (especially their earlier material) were meant as a parody, quite a few people wound up taking them seriously. For example, "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" was meant as a spoof of party songs but ironically became a big hit among the people they were making fun of.
* OneSceneWonder: Mike D on "Paul Revere".
* SignatureSong: Originally "Fight For Your Right", now it's probably "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic".
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The "Fight For Your Right Revisited" video is sort of a very late subtle apology for their early days. In the video, [[spoiler:the past Beastie Boys, all played by actors, are confronted by what would be the future versions of themselves if they had stayed the same. The Future!Beasties are played by separate actors. Prior to this, the Past!Beasties had gone on a drunken rampage with loads of HeyItsThatGuy in between. When Future!Beasties challenge Past!Beasties to a dance-off, the Future!Beasties [[StealthPun end it quickly with a literal pissing contest]] before all the Beasties are hauled off by cops (played by the real Beasties).]]
* SophomoreSlump: {{Averted|Trope}}.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Paul's Boutique'' didn't sell as well as ''Licensed to Ill'', but it's still regarded as their masterpiece.
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