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Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin
The world mourned the loss of Beastie Boys' vocalist & bassist Adam "MCA" Yauch on Friday, May 4, 2012, after he died from a three year battle with cancer. On the surface, the Beatie Boys could be thought of as a punk band or a hip hop band, however they were fans of classic rock, including Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

As a nod, they sampled three Zeppelin songs on their first two albums. The Beastie Boys' Rhymin & Stealin from Licensed To Ill sampled the main drum beat from When The Levee Breaks, She's Crafty from Licensed To Ill sampled the main guitar riff from The Ocean and What Comes Around from Paul's Boutique sampled the snare drum intro from Moby Dick.

Allegedly, Led Zeppelin sued Beastie Boys for the use of When The Levee Breaks, which may have led Paul's Boutique engineer Mario "Mario C" Caldato, Jr. to say in a March 2001 interview that "We had spent about a $1/4 million in rights and licensing for samples."

I would like to think that Led Zeppelin compliments Beastie Boys songs (or vice versa). Check out these mashups below.


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