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Shake Your Rump


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First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys and Dust Brothers
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Demos at Matt Dike's house, mixed at Record Plant. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "Funky Snakefoot" by Alphonse Mouzon on the album Funky Snakefoot (1973)
  • "Daddy Rich" by Rose Royce from the Car Wash soundtrack (1976)
  • "Dancing Room Only" by Harvey Scales from the album Hotfoot, a Funque Dizco Opera (1979)
  • "That's the Joint" by Funky Four Plus One from the single "That's the Joint" (1980)
  • "6 O'clock DJ (Let's Rock)" by Rose Royce from the Car Wash soundtrack (1976)
  • "Born to Love You" by Rose Royce from the Car Wash soundtrack (1976)
  • "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley & the Wailers from the album Uprising (1980)
  • "8th Wonder" by The Sugarhill Gang from the album 8th Wonder (1982)
  • "Jazzy Sensation" by Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five from the single "Jazzy Sensation" (1981)
  • "Tell Me Something Good" by Ronnie Laws from the album Pressure Sensitive (1975)
  • "Yo Yo" by Rose Royce from the Car Wash soundtrack (1976)
  • "Supermellow" by Paul Humphrey from the album Supermellow (1973)
  • "Get Off" by Foxy from the album Get Off (1978)
  • "Holy Ghost" by the Bar-Kays from the single "Holy Ghost (1979)
  • Bong hit ("the big blue bong" according to Adam Yauch) and gun shot

References

  • Mardi Gras - the day before Lent, celebrated in some cities as a day of carnival and merrymaking
  • Club Med - international chain of resort facilities
  • Hurricane - Wendell Fite, Beastie Boys DJ
  • Lava lamp - liquid-filled cylinder with moving globules
  • Patty Duke - a dance named after the actress Patty Duke
  • Wrench - a dance
  • Tango - a Latin-American dance characterized by gliding steps and low dips
  • Jamaica - an island in the West Indies, south of Cuba
  • Mangoes - oblong, sweet fruits of certain tropical trees
  • Sam the Butcher - Sam Franklin, a character on the television show The Brady Bunch (1969-1974), portrayed by Allan Melvin
  • Alice - Alice Nelson, a character on the television show The Brady Bunch (1969-1974), portrayed by Ann B. Davis
  • Fred Flintstone - a modern-stone age cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera
  • Whippet - a cannister of nitrous oxide used for inhaling purposes
  • Dookies - thick gold chains worn around the neck; popular among old-school rappers back in the day
  • Manhattan - a borough of New York City
  • The Bump - a disco dance step

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Beginning drum roll - a sample from "Funky Snakefoot" by Alphonse Mouzon
  • Primary beat - a sample from "Dancing Room Only" by Harvey Scales
  • "Like a pimp, I'm pimpin'..." guitar line - a sample from "Daddy Rich" by Rose Royce
  • Disco call - a sample from "Get Off" by Foxy
  • "It's the joint" - a sample from "That's the Joint" by Funky Four Plus One
  • "Well, I'm Mike D and I'm back from the dead" - a reference to a rumor started in late 1987 that Mike Diamond had died
  • "Well, I'm Mike D..." slap bassline - a sample from the intro to "Yo Yo" by Rose Royce
  • "Shake your rum-pah" - a sample from "Jazzy Sensation" by Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five
  • After-the-chorus bassline - a sample from "6 O'clock DJ (Let's Rock)" by Rose Royce
  • Underlying scratch samples in "most packinest" and "your belief chief" - a sample from "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • "Like Sam the Butcher..." guitar - a sample from "Born to Love You" by Rose Royce
  • "Like Fred Flintstone drivin' around with bald feet" - refers to Fred Flintstone's powering his prehistoric car with the use of his two bare feet
  • "Hoo-ha! Got them all in check" - a sample from "8th Wonder" by The Sugarhill Gang
  • Sample during "Got more rhymes than Jamaica got mangoes" - a sample from "Supermellow" by Paul Humphrey
  • Bassline - a sample from "Holy Ghost" by the Bar-Kays

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"Mike and I went to Matt [Dike]'s house...and Matt broke out some crazy hash oil and got us into a really compromised condition and then played us a couple of these tracks. And this ['Shake Your Rump' instrumental] is one of the ones he played us." - Adam Yauch on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009

"'Shake Your Rump' was intertwined with the Grasshoff's fashion." - Mike Diamond on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009

"Matt Dike played us some of the music that they were working on. He played us a whole bunch of instrumentals. It all sounded incredible. It was so rich with layer upon layer of music. One track that I particularly remember standing out was an instrumental version of what would later become 'Shake Your Rump'" - Adam Yauch, 1999

"I love that song. But you know, we play that song a lot. We play that song...every night we play that song. Sometimes, you know, even though you might love something, you don't want it every night after a while. I mean, I love pizza. Everybody loves pizza. You gonna eat pizza every night?" - Adam Horovitz

Press

"...drums rat-a-tat and we're back in naughty-boy land" - Rolling Stone, 1989

"The Beasties have never sounded as slick, sexy and dynamic as on the high-voltage riot of disco-pimp kitsch and Flat Eric bass that is 'Shake Your Rump'" - New Musical Express, 1999

 

Released Versions:

Shake Your Music (Beastie Boys vs. M vs. Public Enemy vs. Ice-T)
Shake Your Rump
Shake Your Rump (Acappella)
Shake Your Rump (Cheap Cologne Remix)
Shake Your Rump (Demo)
Shake Your Rump (Green Mix)
Shake Your Rump (Instrumental)
Shake Your Rump (J Rocc & Truly OdD Remix)
Shake Your Rump (Live)
Shake Your Rump (Madlib Instrumental Remix)
Shake Your Rump (Madlib Remix)
Shake Your Rump (Phonicoid's Lyrical D'n'B Mix)
Shake Your Rump Mother Nature's Son (Beastie Boys Vs The Beatles)

Live:

Performed in 241 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
13-Feb-1992 : I-Beam Club, The, San Francisco, CA, United States

Last known Performance:
12-Jun-2009 : Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, United States

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