I didn’t like the Beasties when they first came out. I was just 8 and was starting to really get into music around this time. 1986 was the 1st first year in my life I remember vividly. I think as you get older, there are moments that just stay with you. I remember getting into the whole card collecting thing around this time. I remember Dwight Gooden being the Michael Jordan of baseball. I remember Bill Buckner missing that ball in the World Series. I remember Tyson winning the title. I remember Air Jordan being as popular back then as they are today. I remember radio being dominated by Janet Jackson, Salt N Pepa, Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis, Madonna and The Bangles. I remember movies like Top Gun, Ferris Bueller, Stand By Me and Aliens coming out. But hip-hop was still new, and seeing 3 playful white kids doing it didn’t feel right to me. Being white liking a black art, I felt it had to be authentic. Keep in mind, I’m just 8. I didn’t know anything about producers or engineers or anything that went along with making a great record. I just knew I wanted my rap music to be black, and there was no better option at that time than Run-DMC. They were the epitome of hip-hop. No group has ever exuded the coolness of JMJ, Run and DMC. I memorized every line to King of Rock. White kids took to Beasties quickly. It was easier to identify with them. Groups like Metallica, Poison, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue and Skid Row still rep’d many jean jackets, but the Beasties phenomenon was huge. It took years for me accept the Beastie. It wasn’t Paul’s Boutique because at that time I was too into NWA & BDK. It probably wasn’t until Check Your Head (‘92) where I finally started appreciating them. I owned all their records (had to as a collector) but the brilliance of Paul’s Boutique didn’t resonate until I got much older. 3rd Bass was doper to me because, at least they tried to emulate what I thought was how you were suppose look and sound. Kinda ironic when you think about it, cuz the Beasties were actually more authentic. Our taste changes as we age. We mature and we see things differently. I see the Beasties Boys as one of the most important groups in hip-hop. Happy 32nd bday!