The Beastie Boys were three Jewish kids from New York who found widespread respect in a hip-hop world with few credible white performers. In a 25-year span that covered four No. 1 albums and more than 40 million records sold, the Beastie Boys played both prankster and pioneer, a groundbreaking act that helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream. For many, the Beastie Boys' lyrics — overflowing torrents of wit, humor and rhyme — were always the main draw. While other forms of hip-hop celebrated individualism, Mike D, Ad-Rock and MCA (who passed away in 2012) were a verbal tag team. Here's a look at athlete name drops in songs by the Beastie Boys.
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