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Flowin' Prose Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Hello Nasty LP, 14 July 1998
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Engineered by Mario Caldato. Recorded at G-Son Studios (Los Angeles, CA), The Dungeon (New York, NY), The Tree House (New York, NY), Ted Diamond's House of Hits (New York, NY), Soho Music Studios (New York, NY), Dessau Studios (New York, NY), RPM Studios (New York, NY). Second engineers: Steve Revitte and Sue Dyer at RPM Studios, mixed at RPM Studios (New York, NY). Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Andy van Dette at Masterdisk (New York, NY)

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • Toucan Sam - mascot for Kellogg's Fruit Loop cereal
  • Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) - leader of the Indian nationalist movement against British rule and internationally esteemed for his doctrine of non-violent protest to achieve political and social progress
  • Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) - charismatic black leader who organized the first important American black nationalist movement
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) - eloquent black Baptist minister who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950's until his assassination in 1968
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama - head of the dominant Dgelugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan Buddhists and both spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet. Recepient of Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his struggle for the liberation of Tibet without the use of violence. He has advocated peaceful solutions based on tolerance and mutual respect

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "I'm like Toucan Sam when I follow my nose." - Toucan Sam's method of "following his nose" always leads him to Fruit Loops cereal


Beastie Boys

"The way that I feel about it is that if I'm on the air, if I'm getting that kind of attention, it's something that can be used towards a positive end" - Adam Yauch on the song's lyrics, 1998


"It's a kind of dream -- rap as a language beyond pros and cons, beyond all opposites, a zen for loudmouths" - The Worcester Phoenix, 1998

"...layers a subdued Q-Tip style rap over a churning rhythm track" - Boston Globe, July 1998


Released Versions:

Flowin Prose (DJBC Remix)
Flowin' Prose
Flowin' Prose (Instrumental)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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