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‘Licensed To Ill’ Is Now an (Unauthorized) Musical Based on the Beastie Boys’ Career

It will be put on at the Camden People's Theatre in London

The Beastie Boys’ seminal 1986 debut Licensed to Ill is now a play at London’s Camden People’s Theater. The DJ- and live music-led production will follow the life and times of Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock during its run time from November 23 to December 12. Find the full description below:

Join Mike D, MCA and AdRock — the Beastie Boys — as they go from teenage punk rockers to international rapping legends.

Using a mix of live music and DJ-ing, we travel through time from the hiphoppers of late ’80s New York to the early ’90s gangsters of LA – all the way to the total globalisation of hiphop. This loud, crazy show — a hiphop history tour and a playful exploration of the rules of cultural appropriation — will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure. Whether you know your Ghostface Killas from your Ice Cubes or if you’ve never heard anyone rhyme to a beat in your life, you’re guaranteed a good time. Join us this Christmas and be a part of hiphop history. Not for the easily offended.

Co-presenter Simon Maeder told Pitchfork of the Beasties’ (lack of) involvement, “Whilst we have ensured the Beastie Boys are fully appraised of our plans for the show, this is an unauthorised production based on the Beastie Boys story.”

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