Paul's Boutique Turns 25: A Look Back at the Classic Beastie Boys Album

When the Beastie Boys released Paul’s Boutique in July of 1989, expectations were high. But after the success of their commercial breakthrough, Licensed to Ill, the group’s relationship with both their label, Def Jam (and by extension, the label’s founder, Rick Rubin) and their fans had deteriorated.

31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn’t just “”another. Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the ’80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade’s icons, as well as the launch of some of the ’90s’ most enduring pop-culture institutions.