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First Appearance: Licensed to Ill LP 1986
Written by: Beastie Boys/Rick Rubin
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Rick Rubin, co-produced by Beastie Boys. Engineered by Steve Ett, mastered by Howie Weinberg. Originally released under Def Jam Recordings, a division of CBS/Columbia Records.
Behind the Beats and Lyrics...
- "Drop the Bomb" by Trouble Funk from the album Drop the Bomb (1982)
- "Peter Piper" by Run-DMC from the album Raising Hell (1986)
- "2-3 Break" by The B-Boys from the album 2-3 Break (1983)
- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) - prolific Spanish painter and sculptor
- Secaucus - a city in New Jersey
- Manhattan - a borough of New York City
- The Smurf - a dance; also referenced in "Posse in Effect"
- White Castle - a hamburger restaurant chain; also referenced in "Slow Ride," "Girls," "Hold It Now Hit It," and "Slow and Low"
- Fat Burger - a regional hamburger chain based in California
- Lincoln Continental - an American luxury sedan
- Columbo - an American television detective series (1971-1978), starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo; also referenced in "The Maestro"
- Forty Deuce - 42nd Street in Manhattan, the Times Square area; also referenced in "Hold It Now Hit It" and "She's Crafty"
Sample & Reference Breakdown
- "There it is!" - a sample from "Peter Piper" by Run-DMC
- "October 31st, that is my date of birth" - a factual lyric; Adam Horovitz was born on October 31, 1966
- ".22 automatic on my person" - refers to Adam Yauch's fascination with guns at the time of the song's recording
"...a fantastic ghetto-gangster boast" - Creem, 1987
"[A] google-eyed ghetto-gangster brag" - excerpted from Stairway to Hell by Chuck Eddy, 1991
"[An] invigorating example of the superior rap music the Beasties could make in their sleep that still sounds fresh today" - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998
"This features the funniest envoi in rap music ('Well, let me clear my throat!'), as well as the most astute description of rap's vocal power ('Some voices got treble, some voices got bass/We got the kind of voices that are in your face!'). With this record, the Boys overcome the novelty of being a white rap act. Working with producer Rick Rubin, they have crafted a state-of-the-art rap record, with intricate sound effects and a rap that alternates appalling mean-spiritedness with genuine wittiness." - Ken Tucker, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 1986
Performed in 71 known Concerts.
First known Performance:
26-Dec-1986 : Ritz, The, New York, United States
Last known Performance:
20-Aug-2007 : Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, United States