Music: The Beauty Of The Beasties

DON'T BELIEVE THOSE SCURRILOUS RUMORS THAT THEY'RE GROWING UP. THE REIGNING COURT JESTERS OF RAP ARE BACK AGAIN, JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

Adam Yauch--one-third of the Beastie Boys--will turn 40 in August. In rap years, 40 is 400. That leads to an obvious question that Yauch, in his ancient wisdom, anticipates: "Is it awkward being onstage with a walker? The answer is yes. Yes, it is," he says with a nod of his silver head. "The walker gets caught up in the wires. It can be very dangerous."

On the eve of releasing their sixth album, To the 5 Boroughs (out June 15), the Beastie Boys--Yauch; Mike Diamond, 38; and Adam Horovitz, 37--insist they are neither too old nor too wise for rap....