MANHATTAN — No sleep till…Cleveland?
New York hip-hop royalty the Beastie Boys will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year, it was announced Wednesday.
The trio — whose seminal sound helped bridge the gap between rap and rock over the past three decades — will join new honorees Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan and others at the induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Beastie Boys’ uniquely New York style, including lyrics that regularly name-checked local landmarks, saw the group explore early hip-hop beats and sample-heavy riffs as well as punk and pop through the years.
One of the band’s most celebrated efforts, the 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique,” features a cover photo of a Lower East Side corner store that was damaged in a January fire.
"That neighborhood has changed so much and so dramatically since that time," band member Mike D, real name Michael Diamond, told DNAinfo of the blaze at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets.
"That's the nature of New York City anyways."
The Beastie Boys will officially be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.