In "Sure Shot," the Beastie Boys make amends for their boorish attitudes toward women that manifested in the late '80s when they became a (highly successful) posturing rap trio:I want to say a little something that's long overdue
The disrespect to women has got to be through
To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends
I want to offer my love and respect to the end
The apotheosis of this disrespectful behavior came on their first headlining tour when they erected a 20-foot penis on stage (the original "dick in a box") every time they performed their hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)
Kate Shellenbach probably got the worst of it. She was an original member of the group when they were a punk band. In 1984, when they signed to Def Jam Records, they became rappers and started to act the part of insolent brats. They froze out Shellenbach, who was devastated. Later, they signed Shellenbach's group, Luscious Jackson, to their Grand Royal label.