Beastie Boys fans will get a treat on the forthcoming soundtrack for ‘‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’’ as it features one of the group’s most iconic songs, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”
Director James Gunn revealed the lineup on Monday (April 3) ahead of the film’s May 5 release date. In addition to the Beasties, other classic songs include Radiohead‘s “Creep,” Bruce Springsteen‘s “Badlands,” Florence + the Machine‘s “Dog Days Are Over” and more.
“No Sleep till Brooklyn” was the sixth single released off the group’s debut album Licensed To Ill in 1987. The album became the first rap LP to top the Billboard 200 and was the second rap album to earn platinum certification.
Sadly, there hasn’t really been any new music from the Beastie Boys since MCA’s untimely passing from cancer in 2012. Just one year prior, the group had released 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 – not knowing it would be their final effort as a trio.
Since then, the surviving members haven’t really done much musically, although Mike D currently hosts a show on Apple Music called The Echo Chamber. They also released a book called Beastie Boys Book in 2020 chronicling their journey from wild punk rock kids running around New York City to Hip Hop legends.
Last summer, a tribute event honoring both Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys dubbed “Together Forever: Jam Master Jay + MCA” went down at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn with special guests performing throughout the day. A portion of the event was dedicated to late photographer Ricky Powell, who often toured with the Beastie Boys and captured some of their rowdiest moments on camera.
Also in 2022, a renewed application to rename the Lower East Side corner of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street – the same corner immortalized on the cover art for the Beastie Boys’ 1988 album Paul’s Boutique — as “Beastie Boys Square” was finally approved nearly a decade after its initial proposal in 2014.
“As many of us know, once the Beastie Boys hit the scene, it really changed the Hip Hop game,” New York City council member Christopher Marte said. “I see it as a celebration. A celebration for the Lower East Side, a celebration for Hip Hop and especially a celebration for our community who has been organizing for a really long time to make this happen.” (HipHopDX)