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Grand Royal was the Los Angeles, California based record label set up in 1992 by The Beastie Boys in conjunction with Capitol Records after they left Def Jam Records.

Due to mounting debts, Grand Royal went out of business in 2001. Its assets were sold off via auction; these assets did not include any rights to Beastie Boys music. The assets and back catalog were purchased by a group of fans who in turn started GR2 Records.


Grand Royal was also the name of a magazine written and published by the band. It was most famous for its article "Mulling Over The Mullet" in issue 2 which lampooned the mullet hairstyle (the Beastie Boys also recorded a song, "Mullet Head", which was released on Grand Royal on their Sure Shot 12 inch single).

The first edition in 1993 featured a cover story on Bruce Lee, artwork by George Clinton, and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A Tribe Called Quest MC Q-Tip.

The 1995 issue of the magazine contained a memorable piece on the "mullet." The Oxford English Dictionary cites this as the first published use of the term, along with the lyrics from the Beasties' 1994 song "Mullet Head". The OED says that the term was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys."

Grand Royal Magazine is also responsible for giving British band Sneaker Pimps their name.

Lee Perry special in Grand Royal Magazine 1995

"The Lee Perry renaissance seems to be spearheaded by an unlikely source: the Beastie Boys, whose magazine Grand Royal published an outstanding Scratch retrospective by editor Bob Mack in their 1995 issue. Introducing the words and wisdom of the Upsetter to an entirely new audience who perhaps would have never gotten the tip otherwise, Grand Royal ended up teaching fans old and new a lot about Perry's canon. Editor Bob Mack took an irreverent yet extremely detailed look at the life and times of Lee Perry, and the lengthy article had contributions from a wide variety of sources, including Perry's "ghost writer" and faithful Scratchologist David Katz. Complete with amazing photos, a no nonsense suggested discography, and an interview that must be read to be believed, the Grand Royal article was a goldmine for Perry fans. Even more valuable, however, is the flood of Perry re-releases that followed." --Mick Sleeper, June 1998 via [2]

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