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Bobo on the Corner Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Eric Bobo/Mark Nishita
Performed by: Beastie Boys/Eric Bobo/Mark Nishita
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village CA and Tin Pan Alley, New York, NY. Engineered by Mario Caldato and assistant engineer Settly. Sequenced at Bundy's Playhouse, mastered at Futuredisc by Tom Baker

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Sample and Reference Breakdown

  • Bobo - Eric Bobo, Beastie Boys percussionist and drummer during the Ill Communication period
  • The title "Bobo on the Corner" is a reference to the Miles Davis song "On the Corner" from the album On the Corner (1972)


Beastie Boys

"This song, like the majority of songs we did, came out of a jam. Mario C. always kept the DAT tape rolling so we had reference to what we were playing. There was a song by Miles Davis called 'Miles on the Corner' and it was also sort of a jam piece. I think Ad-Rock came up with the title. I basically just starting doing a percussion solo over the beat. The original jam was about 7-8 minutes long and Mario C. edited it to what is now on the Ill Communication record. I didn't know that it would be included on the album, but I think it's cool that there is a song named after me on a Beastie Boys record." - Eric Bobo, March 2003


"[Beastie Boys] groove on the deep dub Miles Davis jazz of 'Bobo on the Corner.'" - New Musical Express, 1994


Released Versions:

Bobo on the Corner


Performed in 16 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
26-Apr-1995 : Palace, The, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Last known Performance:
23-May-1995 : Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, United States

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