The review of the anthology questioned why the Beasties — who have changed offensive lyrics from the album's songs in concert — never addressed some of the homophobic lyrics on their debut album, whose working title, the bandmembers have said in interviews, was Don't Be a Faggot.
Now why bring this up? If the Beastie Boys' record label had not rejected that terrible and homophobic title, Don't Be a Faggot, the trio would have stepped right into oblivion. There would be no Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Hello Nasty, and the deification of MCA. Such is the state of all things: One step can lead you into history or into the dustbin of history. After being defeated by Russia's General Winter, Napoleon Bonaparte repeated to himself, as his army retreated: "There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous."
The Beastie Boys did, however, "formally apologize to the entire gay and lesbian community for the shitty ignorant things" they said on Licensed to Ill. (The same can not be said for Jay-Z, who has said plenty of shitty and ignorant things about women.)