Beastie Boys “Ill Communication” vinyl LP record album, signed on the cover in black marker all three members of the Beastie Boys… Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz, and Michael Diamond “Mike D”.

The surface of this album is very slick and the black marker signed with a bit of a translucent bubbled look.  All three signature are signed in areas with great contrast.  Upper right corner has some minor creases, but the album is in nice condition overall.

This album was signed for Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton, who donated it to a charity auction held during the Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado.  It came from his personal collection.  Burton was friends with the Beastie Boys, especially Adam Yauch, who was an avid snowboarder (at one time Yauch shared a rented condo at Snowbird Mountain with big-time Pro Snowboarder Mike Basich).

The Beasties rarely licensed their music for videos or commercial enterprises, but made exceptions for the fledgling snowboard industry.  Their songs were in the soundtracks for numerous early 1990’s Snowboard Videos as the two cultures style and fashion intertwined and influenced each other.

We have seen very few fully signed authentic Beastie Boys signed albums come to market, so don’t snooze and miss your chance on this rare piece of hip hop history.

Signed at an official signing session.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).

BEASTIE BOYS ‘Ill Communication‘:

By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalog of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA’s cop-show metal number “Sabotage,” and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it’s also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group’s favorite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they’ve tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out “Bodhisattva Vow,” a salute to Buddhist spirituality. –Douglas Wolk

Following the death of founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch, it’s been easy to reminisce about the Beastie Boys. Their music has been a constant for the soundtrack of youth culture and adolescent angst over the past few decades (strange to think they’ve been around for that long).

But after (re-)watching many of their old videos, it struck me that “So Wat’Cha Want,” amazingly now twenty years old, seems like it could’ve been recorded a few months ago, and that its visual style (under the direction of Nathanial Hornblower, aka Yauch) seems to be the very definition of snowboard culture.

The clothing the Beasties wear in the video could have come right out of a Burton catalogue. Their mannerisms mimicked by millions. Their music anchoring scores of snowboard movie soundtracks. The combination of rapping over a bass-heavy beat while strutting through a psychedelic forest on some photo negative sunny day still seeming fresh and notable today, some two decades later.

It may appear natural now, but it’s a testament to the wide range of interests and inspirations the Beastie Boys exhibited and incorporated into their work that they were able to so seamlessly appreciate everything from hip-hop to snowboarding to Tibetan Buddhism, all while being authentically true to themselves.

An ESPN article describes Adam Yauch as “a snowboarder — a real one,” clarifies Melissa Larsen. “He chose Salt Lake City as a winter base because if he was in the country and saw a storm headed that direction, it was easy to fly to. The places he rented were bare bones, meant only for sleeping and showering and storing the busted-up Subaru he used to get to the mountain.”

Check Your Head was released five years before the first X Games. Back at a time when snowboarding had grown significantly in popularity, but was still an outsider’s snow sport. So the Beasties became an easily and eagerly adaptable expression of snowboard culture, and then youthful ski culture, too.

“Snowboarding was born in youthful resistance to the popular sport of skiing and the values of sport it represents,” Rebecca Heino writes in her essay, “What is So Punk about Snowboarding?” “The media has appropriated the image of youthful rebellion in snowboarding and commodified it.”

Which, of course, isn’t surprising. Authentic edgy styles are mass-produced every day. It is an inevitable by-product of our capitalist society.

Still, it feels different to have witnessed the complete arc of the process.