"I commend the Beastie Boys for leaving Def Jam (record label). They were able to go away and keep their identity. It wasn't defined by, 'Oh, the label wants this song.' That's why they still have their following. I'm so jealous." Run-D.M.C. rapper Darryl 'DMC' Mcdaniels admires the Beastie Boys and their staying power in the music industry.