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Beastie Groove Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Rock Hard/Party's Gettin' Rough/Beastie Groove 12" 1985
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Rick Rubin and Beastie Boys, mixed by Jay Burzootie, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Original tracks recorded by Mark Kamins, edited by Latin Rascals. Mastered by Herb "Boom Boom" Powers. Originally released by Def Jam Recordings, a division of CBS/Columbia Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin IV (1971)


  • Rome - capital of Italy
  • Capri - island in West Italy, in the Bay of Naples
  • Met - Metropolitan Opera House in New York City
  • Alley-oop - in basketball, a quick-score play in which a pass is made to a teammate close to the basket, who leaps to catch the ball and in midair drops or stuffs it through the basket

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "King of the mic I rock" - similar in sound to "King of Rock" song title by Run-DMC
  • "Hey-hey mama!" - a sample from "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin



"The full-throttle tempo originates from Treacherous Three's "The New Rap Language" but the attitudes at large conjure an image largely comprising two hairy palms protecting future film star Adrock's urinary plumbing, where he deserves to be kicked silly" - excerpted from Stairway to Hell by Chuck Eddy, 1991

"Set against a pacy but minimal drum program that keeps speeding up and slowing down throughout, the three emcees show just how skilled they had become in such a short period of time. Chorusing and interrupting each other in a style that would typify many of their best records, Mike D, Adrock and MCA each get extended chances to shine. And while the subject matter is the same childish and sex-obsessed splather as can be found on their debut album, there are few better examples of their skill as rappers to be found anywhere in their oeuvre." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998


Released Versions:

Beastie Groove
Beastie Groove (Instrumental)


Performed in 1 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
21-May-1985 : St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN, United States

Last known Performance:
21-May-1985 : St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN, United States

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