Beastie Boys

Friday, May 4, was a sad day in the music world as we mourn the death of Beastie Boys’ founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch. Our best hope at finding a reason to be cheerful during this time comes when revisiting the hip-hop rock band’s impressive and highly entertaining music video catalog. See some of our favorites below:

“Hold It Now, Hit It” (1986) — BONUS
The Beastie Boys’ “Hold It Now, Hit It” is hardly the trio’s most clever video, but you can’t have a best-of list that does not include the song that launched them into the national spotlight. This vid mainly features the then-budding rappers goofing around backstage. But Def Jam fans will appreciate the cameo from a vintage — and possibly pre-health guru — Russell Simmons with a potbelly and scruffy beard.