There are many events in rap history that are either unknown or forgotten, from album releases to deaths to random ass events most of us can't even recall. As an attempt to remember those moments, Complex will share an event that helped shape hip-hop in a sometimes minor, sometimes major way. Join us as we look back on This Day in Rap History.
March 7, 1987
The Beastie Boys' debut album Licensed to Ill dropped on November 15, 1986 under Def Jam. After charting in November 1986, the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart on March 7, 1987. Licensed to Ill became the first hip-hop album to reach number one, spawning great hits like, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)," "No Sleep till Brooklyn," and "Brass Monkey." The album is considered one of the best rap albums of the 80s and one of the best rap albums ever. It has sold over nine million copies in the United States.
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