Last month, to promote their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the Beastie Boys made a parody film called Fight for Your Right Revisited that mocked their bratty younger selves. But there's a new crop of MCs who take adolescent high jinks very seriously. Meet three of the best.
Claim to Fame: Since becoming an Internet sensation with "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell," this Brooklyn-based joke-rap trio has released two mixtapes that combine cultural references both high (postcolonial theory) and low (White Castle) with dance-ready blips and guitar riffs.
Beastie Factor: They incensed purists last year when they "covered" Paul's Boutique at a show by screaming along to the album—prompting one member to point out that what made the Beasties great was their refusal to take themselves seriously.
Claim to Fame: This collective of a dozen-odd rappers barely out of high school sparked a bidding war among execs—including Jay-Z and Diddy—after performing the dark, disturbing "Sandwitches" (sample lyric: "Come on kids, fuck that class and hit that bong") on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Beastie Factor: Videos showing members puking up cough-syrup-and-weed smoothies seem, like the giant inflatable cocks of the Licensed to Ill tour, designed to worry parents. (Rumor has it that one member's mom has permanently grounded him.)
Claim to Fame: After recording five mixtapes full of youth anthems with titles like "Nikes on My Feet," "Senior Skip Day," and "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," the 19-year-old Pittsburgh prodigy (and buddy of Wiz Khalifa) nabbed a coveted spot in the rap bible XXL's "Freshman Class of 2011."
Beastie Factor: With his easygoing retro odes to wayward youth, the artist formerly known as Easy Mac has become the first white Jewish MC since Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA to win the devotion of hip-hop connoisseurs and frat boys alike.
—By Laurence Lowe
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