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2. The Beastie Boys Fail as a Punk Rock Group

To go from a musical failure to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an unusual trajectory, but it’s one the Beastie Boys have traversed. In 1982, the group released an EP titled Polly Wog Stew on the label Rat Cage. Shortly thereafter, the Beasties started making hip-hop records and never looked back. It’s a good thing, too, as the group released seven platinum albums as a hip-hop outfit. That being said, their rock influences are still easy to hear in their music today.

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