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Who Are the Beastie Boys of Tomorrow?

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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.

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DAS RACIST
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.

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ODD FUTURE
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.)

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MAC MILLER
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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Mac Miller: Lucas Stevens, Odd Future: Associated Press, Das Racist: Simon Wald-Lasowski, Beastie Boys: Getty images.
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