Horovitz was born in South Orange, the son of Doris Keefe and playwright Israel Horovitz. Horovitz began his music career with a stint in the punk rock band, The Young and the Useless, who would often perform with Beastie Boys.
When Beastie Boys guitarist John Berry quit, Horovitz replaced him in 1982, when he was 16 years old. After Horovitz joined the band, the Beastie Boys changed their sound, evolving from a hardcore punk band to a more hip-hop oriented group. The band was signed to Def Jam, and released their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986.
The rest is music history.
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