Grand Royal Magazine
Grand Royal was the name of a magazine written and published by the legendary New York hip hop group, Beastie Boys. It was most famous for its article “Mulling Over the Mullet” in issue two, which increased the popularity of the mullet hairstyle. The group went onto record a song titled “Mullet Head” off the back of the initial articles success, on the flip side of their Sure Shot 12-inch single.
The very first issue of the magazine was indeed a Beastie Boys production through and through, all three members of the group had contributed to what would become the very sought after premier issue. By issue number six, the magazine had become more of
Mike D‘s venture than that of the two Adams. Ad-Rock went so far as to actually have a disclaimer printed inside the pages of the sixth issue. “I was a fashion (I mean, super model) in the first issue of Grand Royal. But since then I’ve had nothing to do with the magazine. So not only are my views and opinions not expressed, but I don’t agree with everything in the damn thing.”
Yet even without Adrock’s input, the publication grew from a limited initial print run 1993 to a worldwide phenomenon by the time it was put to bed in 1997.
Check out the MTV News coverage of the magazine from 25 years ago.