From 1986 to 1997, DJ Hurricane was the natural fixture behind the turntables at Beastie Boys concerts. The 1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert II was the last official appearance of the Hurra as DJ for the Beastie Boys. He would later return as a guest DJ on stage in Atlanta, GA when the Hello Nasty tour passed through in 1998.
Hurricane started off as part of Run DMC's entourage in the mid 1980's. hen the Beastie Boys and Run DMC went on the Raising Hell Tour (1986), Hurricane stepped up and filled the role as DJ when Dr. Dre (of Yo MTV Raps fame) became frustrated with life on the road (i.e. having been left behind in a Florida hotel lobby). Around the same time that Licensed to Ill was being recorded, Hurricane went into the studio with Davy D and recorded the "Davy's Ride" LP. Davy D would later be an opening act for the Beastie Boys during parts of the 1987 tour.
In 1990, Hurricane teamed up with some old friends to put out the Afros Kickin' Afrolistics LP. The Afros generated a fair amount of buzz for themselves and even made an appearance on Howard Stern's WWOR New York cable talk show to promote the album. However with the birth of Grand Royal Records in the early 1990s, DJ Hurricane began working on what would become his first solo effort entitled The Hurra.During 1994 and 1995 Beastie Boys concert performances, DJ Hurricane would step out from the turn tables and perform two to three vocalized songs. Usually he would rap original lyrics to the Beastie Boys' instrumental "POW", as well as run through either "Elbow Room" or "Four Fly Guys". The Hurra which was later released in 1995, might as well have been a companion piece to Ill Communication as the two albums sound somewhat similiar due to that fact that "the Hurra" features guests along the lines of Mario Caldato, Money Mark Nishita, Eric Bobo, and yes, the Beastie Boys.
In 1997, DJ Hurricane released another full length album Severe Damage in Japan. Unlike the Hurra, this release did not have close ties to the Beastie Boys. The closet thing to a Beastie Boys guest appearance on this album was Adam Horovitz's production work on the track "Japanese Eyes." Three years later Hurricane put out his strongest album Don't Sleep which featured a legion of guest stars. Back again on this one were vocals from Adam Horovitz and keyboard work by Money Mark. Most recently DJ Hurricane has lent his name to a new computer gaming company called 404 Gaming. In fact, the 404 Gaming website states that Hurricane is one of the company's co-founders. It appears as though Adam Horovitz is also involved to a lesser degree. With the success of Def Jam's "Fight For NY" game, it will be interesting to see what comes of this new project.