The first time I ever heard and recognized rap, it was from the Beastie Boys. Since I’m old but not that old, this was in the 90’s, after the release of the B-Boys’ first two albums.
Granted, my era of Ill Communication and Hello Nasty is nothing to disregard.
Mix Master Mike, Adam Horovitz, Mike D, and Adam Yauch kept their eclectic music train going well into this decade.
All the members of The Beastie Boys are pivotal, and writing about the demise of one does not come easily.