Thirty years ago this week, a trio of rowdy guys hailing from NYC released a debut album that was a true earthquake in the music world. The record in question was called Licensed to Ill, and the group was known simply as the Beastie Boys. The band has been, of course, one of the most influential groups of all time, and in light of the important anniversary of their debut, music outlet Pitchfork has made a video breakdown of its creation.

In the span of four minutes, the video gives a brief history of the band’s humble beginnings as a hardcore band in the thriving music scene of ‘80s New York, to somehow ending up as the opening act on Madonna’s first major concert tour. But somewhere in between came the creation of Licensed to Ill, which was engineered mostly in the NYU dorm room of a certain Rick Rubin. From these sessions came iconic works like “Fight For Your Right” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” among others. The rest, as they say, is history.

Listen to Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill below via Spotify:

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