The Beastie Boys are up for nomination of being inducted into the Rock n? Roll Hall of Fame for the third time. I believe third time is a charm for them and according to the Rock n? Roll Hall of Fame official website, they have an estimated 82% chance of being inducted in 2012. Beastie Boys have had a huge impact on what our music is today, and have influenced the music of many early hip-hop artists. Even the Canadian Pop band phenomenon, The Barenaked Ladies, have cited the Beastie Boys as a huge inspiration for their work.
It's only been a small number of years since the Rock Hall began to acknowledge the vast dominance of hip hop in today's society. The Beastie Boys are much more than a boy band of Jewish rappers. They managed to blend punk and hip hop in an incredibly significant and influential way. These political activists, punk/hip-hop, bad boys have been around for almost three decades. They are notorious for introducing hip-hop to a mass new audience. The Beastie Boy?s debut album, Licensed to Ill (1986), was an ingenious blend of hip-hop and hard rock; it was also hip-hop's first number one album. Their renowned single, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party), immediately became the party anthem of the 1980?s for the teenage generation. In the 1990s, the boys combined their hardcore punk sound with funk and brought us smash hits like Sabotage and my personal favorite, Intergalactic. The Beastie Boys were continuously experimenting with sounds and always trying to discover a new name or sound that they could give to hip-hop. They were also easily the most politically active group of their generation. Their album, Hot Sauce Committee, is an awesome, funky and fun mix of ground-breaking sounds and catchy beats that will have you nodding your head or moving your feet no matter where you are listening to it. Personally, I love to work out to a few songs of the album; it helps put zest in my step when I go for a run.
To further supplement my thoughts and beliefs of why Beastie Boys should be inducted in 2012, I decided to read up on some ground-breaking accomplishments, which back their huge success. Beastie Boys have had, ?four albums reach the top of the Billboard album charts (Licensed to Ill, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and To The 5 Boroughs) since 1986.? In the November, 2004 issue, Rolling Stone named "Sabotage" the 475th song on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. In their April 2005 issue, Rolling Stone ranked them No.77 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. VH1 ranked them No.89 on their list of their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. On September 27, 2007, it was announced that Beastie Boys were one of the nine nominees for the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions. ? (Beastie Boys, 2011). This data alone is purely incredible and absolutely revolutionary. There is no legitimate reason why the Beastie Boys should not be the next inductees.






References
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees - Future Rock Legends." Future Rock Legends Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of the Future - News, Analysis, Voting & More. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://futurerocklegends.com/2012_Nominees.php.>
"Beastie Boys." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beastie_Boys.>