Nearly three decades after its release, the Beastie Boys’ classic debut, Licensed To Ill has been certified diamond by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
The album, which was released in 1986 under Def Jam Records, has sold over 10 million copies as of March 4, 2015
Upon its release, Licensed To Ill became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard charts. One year later, it was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Legendary producer Rick Rubin worked alongside group members Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz to craft the album, which is widely considered a hip-hop classic.
The Beastie Boys join Eminem, 2Pac, Outkast, MC Hammer and The Notorious B.I.G. as the only hip-hop artists to reach diamond status.