Label: Grand Royal
What do three white boys do after leaving an indelible impression on rap music? You start your own record label to carry on the legacy, of course. The Beastie Boys did just that in 1992 when they started Grand Royal, an indie label that prides itself as an outlet for progressive acts like their latest offering, Scapegoat Wax.
Fronted by Marty James, a white boy from Nor Cal, the debut album, "Okeeblow," is a funky, yet thought provoking hip-hop phenomenon. Did you ever think you'd hear an MC give Duran Duran props or lament about all his past ex-girlfriends and not exactly be a man about it? It's okay, though. James pulls it off humbly, and I catch myself singing along every time ... and I usually loathe ballads.
If you are one of those twenty-somethings who grew up on equal doses of The Cure, Run-DMC, Sublime and, of course, The Beastie Boys -- get ready for a whole lot of head bobbin'.