It seems the Beastie Boys are now Intergalactic in more ways than one.
According to Beastie Boys co-founder Mike D, the venerated hip-hop/rock band are referenced several times in J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. It seems that as well as fighting for your right to party, a Beastie Boys inspired character also fought for your right to live in a galaxy free of evil.
One minor character, an X-Wing pilot named as Ello Atsy, bears several references to the group. First of all, there's his name – which is a play on the Beastie Boy's 'Hello Nasty' album – while secondly, there's also a message written on his helmet in Star Wars's Aurebesh language. The message, which reads 'Born To Ill' appears to be both a reference to Joker's famous 'Born To Kill' helmet inscription in Full Metal Jacket AND the Beastie Boys album, 'Licensed to Ill'. Check out a picture of Ello Atsy below:
In fact, the Beastie Boy references might not end there, with the fan-favorite character BB-8 possibly being a reference to the number of Beastie Boys studio albums.
Abrams has made no secret of his Beastie Boys fandom, and has sprinkled his various projects with their music. Most notably, The Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' featured in the opening minutes of his Star Trek reboot, while even more recently it remerged in the Star Trek Beyond trailer.
For their part, the Beastie Boys have also returned the favor and referenced Star Trek in some of their lyrics and videos, most notably 'Ch-Check It Out!' As well as the video showing the trio in Federation uniforms, we're also treated to the lines:
All you trekkies and tv addicts
Don't mean to diss
Don't mean to bring static
All you klingons in the fucking house
Grab your backstreet friend and get loud
Of course, that isn't the end of The Beastie Boy pop culture references. My personal favorite? This subtle reference to Curb Your Enthusiasm in 'Make Some Noise.'
Parlay my romancing into the financing
Open up a restaurant with Ted Danson
Pretty, pretty, pretty good.