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The Move 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...


  • "El Rey Y Yo" by Los Angeles Negros from the album Y Volvere (1970)
  • "WKCR 'Stretch' Bobitto Lord Sear" radio program (Bobbito's voice and Lord Sear's human beat box)
  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Iron Butterfly from the album Heavy (1968)
  • "Gula Matari" by Quincy Jones from the album Gula Matari (1970)


  • "Rapper's Delight" - a 1979 rap song by Sugarhill Gang
  • "Funk You Up" - a 1979 song by the Sequence
  • The Dungeon - Beastie Boys' former recording studio, located on Mott Street in Manhattan; the studio was called the Dungeon because it was located in the building's basement; the video for "Three MC's and One DJ" was shot in the Dungeon
  • Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) - Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Latrec, a French painter and lithographer
  • Shadi Rock - nickname of Beastie Boys friend Dave Scilken

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Hello, h-h-hello" - a sample of Bobitto Lord Sear on a WKCR radio program
  • "Oh-wo" - a sample from "Gula Matari" by Quincy Jones
  • "I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but I'm intercontinental when I eat French toast" - lyrics are similar to those in "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang ("I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but we like hot butter on our breakfast toast") and also to those in "Funk You Up" by the Sequence ("I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but they call my name from coast to coast")
  • "Not fakin' just makin' beats in the Dungeon" - The Dungeon was the Beastie Boys' underground recording studio at the time Hello Nasty was recorded
  • "Hubo un vez, un gran rey que tenia muchas tierras un castillo y tambien un amor" - a sample from "El Rey y Yo" by Los Angeles Negros (in English: "Once upon a time, there was a great king who had a lot of land, a castle and a love")


Beastie Boys

"Our rehearsal room is in fact underground, a basement room with no fresh air and it smells pretty bad in there" - Mike Diamond, 1998 on The Dungeon recording space


"...the Beasties let a booming jeep beat drop away while they chant 'On and on, on and on...' until the bass returns, transformed into the kind of sternum-thumping hum that would make Roni Size jealous" - Entertainment Weekly, 1998

"...creeps along on little more than some crushing beats and a scratchy subsonic bass line; it holds you with the shout-along hook celebrating BBoys and BGirls rockin' 'on and on the the break of dawn'" - The Worcester Phoenix, 1998

" the ante, inserts a harpsichord break and samples a swinging Mexican number next to a bass drop that's certain to destroy at least a few speakers" - Creative Loafing, August 29, 1998


Released Versions:

The Move
The Move (Acapella)
The Move (DJBC Remix)
The Move (Instrumental)
The Move (Live)


Performed in 70 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
26-Jun-1998 : Sittertobel, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Last known Performance:
12-Jan-2005 : Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan

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