To honor the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, we dug up some classic photos of the man in one of his many creative peaks: the creation of 1989's landmark 'Paul's Boutique'

1.The Sights of Science

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Summer 1988: After selling four million copies of their debut album and lugging a giant inflatable cock around the world, where do a bunch of Jewish kids from New York go to enjoy their new fame and fortune? L.A., of course. While writing and recording Paul's Boutique in the summer of 1988 with producers the Dust Brothers, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D rented a swanky house in the Hollywood Hills from a couple named the Grasshoffs, summarily rechristened "the G-Spot" in their honor. They flew in their buddy "Homeboy, throw in the towel / Your girl got dicked by" Ricky Powell from New York periodically to document the, um, creative process. (All of the never-before-seen shots here are his.) "It was like summer camp," Powell recalls. "I felt privileged to be in the swirl of the making of a dope album, and I had run of the house. I dicked lots of homeboys' girls; there was a whole generation of 'em." When Paul's Boutique came out that next July, people who'd written the Beastie Boys off as lowest-common-denominator frat-rap novelties were shocked to hear an intricate, hilarious instant classic that remains a benchmark more than 20 years later. "Then the New Kids on the Block came around and diluted the funky white boy thing," says Powell. "And now 
I'm the man pussy forgot." STEVE KANDELL

[Beasties pictured on the roof of the Capitol Records building.]

2.The Sights of Science

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Summer 1988: After selling four million copies of their debut album and lugging a giant inflatable cock around the world, where do a bunch of Jewish kids from New York go to enjoy their new fame and fortune? L.A., of course. While writing and recording Paul's Boutique in the summer of 1988 with producers the Dust Brothers, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D rented a swanky house in the Hollywood Hills from a couple named the Grasshoffs, summarily rechristened "the G-Spot" in their honor. They flew in their buddy "Homeboy, throw in the towel / Your girl got dicked by" Ricky Powell from New York periodically to document the, um, creative process. (All of the never-before-seen shots here are his.) "It was like summer camp," Powell recalls. "I felt privileged to be in the swirl of the making of a dope album, and I had run of the house. I dicked lots of homeboys' girls; there was a whole generation of 'em." When Paul's Boutique came out that next July, people who'd written the Beastie Boys off as lowest-common-denominator frat-rap novelties were shocked to hear an intricate, hilarious instant classic that remains a benchmark more than 20 years later. "Then the New Kids on the Block came around and diluted the funky white boy thing," says Powell. "And now 
I'm the man pussy forgot." STEVE KANDELL

[Beasties pictured on the roof of the Capitol Records building.]

3.MCA unwinds by the pool

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4.The Beasties with the Dust Brothers and crew

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5.Mike D and MCA write in the studio

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6.At the board with engineer Mario Caldato (left)

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7.Paul's Boutique album promo poster

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8.Alternate Paul's inner sleeve

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