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Sometimes embarrassing, sometimes surprising

Beastie Boys (music group)Marky MarkVanilla Ice
By Jeff Weiss Who can really say who the first white rapper was? But certainly the Beastie Boys were the first to shoot to fame -- and fundamentally alter the genre -- with 1986's "Licensed to Ill," in which hip-hop was forced to confront questions of race, audience and inflatable... Bertrand Buay / Agence France-Presse / For The Times