On this day in music history: March 7, 1987 - “Licensed To Ill”, the debut album by the Beastie Boys hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 7 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B album chart. Produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal in New York City, from Early 1985 - Late 1986. Combining stripped down beats with Hip Hop and rock samples, it is one of the main catalysts in crossing rap music and Hip Hop culture over into mainstream pop culture. The album spin off six singles including “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and “Brass Monkey”. The albums iconic cover art by David Gambale (aka “World B. Omes”) features an illustration of a 727 jet crashing into the side of a mountain. On tail end of the plane is the aircraft registration number “3MTA3”, which is actually an in-joke that when viewed in a mirror reads “EAT ME”. An instant smash upon its release, it becomes one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time, selling over a million copies in its first two weeks of release. The album makes further history in the 90’s as a catalog title. Following the Beasties resurgence in popularity after the releases of “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication”, “Licensed To Ill” begins selling again at an unprecedented rate for catalog rap album. When Def Jam changes distribution from Sony Music to Polygram in 1994, it sells between 500,000 and 800,000 copies a year for the next five years. “Licensed To Ill” is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.