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Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys

1989

Paul's Boutique

Album Summary

Paul's Boutique is the second studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released on July 25, 1989, by Capitol Records. Produced by the Dust Brothers, the album is composed almost entirely from samples, and was recorded over two years at Matt Dike's apartment and the Record Plant in Los Angeles. Paul's Boutique did not match the sales of the group's 1986 debut Licensed to Ill, and was promoted minimally by Capitol. However, it became recognized as the group's breakthrough achievement, with its innovative lyrical and sonic style earning them a position as critical favorites within the hip-hop community. Sometimes described as the "Sgt. Pepper of hip-hop", Paul's Boutique has placed on several lists of the greatest albums of all time, and is viewed by many critics as a landmark album in hip hop.

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3.51

Votes

4976

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Nestled on my shelf between the Beach Boys and Beatles the Beasties serve up somatic pleasures as intense as anything by either of those groups. Not only do they apply the art of sampling in a rap setting as gleefully and adoringly as the existing non-rap apotheosis in 1989 (Double Dee & Steinski - DJ Shadow still to come) they sublimate themselves into the music as rappers to put it front and centre. Aside from an occasional "I was making records when you were sucking your mother's dick" and "Homeboy throw in the towel/Your girl got dicked by Ricky Powell" they dial back the lyrical happy-slaps and bear down on nonsense raps that lack a clear beg, mid 'n' end because their main function is rhythm not storytelling--propulsive forward motion via constantly evolving narrative. All highly conceptual, so shout out to the album's packaging, which eschews track titles and presents the lyrics in an unpunctuated block on one side of the liner notes and an extensive panoramic of a New York street with not a B Boy in sight on the reverse. Except wait, is that one of them ogling the camera on panel three? Or is it just a random? All of which is to say their mission--accepted and completed--is to melt into a wall of sound whose main purpose is to make you shake your rump-ahhh. Now shake away.

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SO. MUCH. SHOUTING. grating vocal delivery aside, the production on this thing and the sampling is just surreal, if feels dirty giving this a 3 but man those vocals, the sampling and beats and all that jazz is a fucking 5 though

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IF I WERE TO WRITE A FULL REVIEW IN ALL CAPS, AT FIRST IT MIGHT CATCH YOUR EYE AS YOU SCROLL THROUGH THE LIST. IT'S A COOL EFFECT, ATTENTION-GRABBING, IMPOSING. BUT THEN AFTER A FEW SENTENCES, IT QUICKLY BECOMES TIRESOME. LIKE I'M SHOUTING AT YOU. THAT'S A BIT WHAT LISTENING TO THE BEASTIE BOYS' VOCALS FEELS LIKE. THEY QUICKLY BECOME REPETITIVE AND IRRITATING, WITH LITTLE NUANCE OR DYNAMIC RANGE. IT'S A GOOD JOB, THEN, THAT "PAUL'S BOUTIQUE" HAS SO MUCH GOING ON BEYOND THAT. THERE'S SOME REALLY INNOVATIVE USE OF SAMPLING GOING ON HERE, WITH THE WHOLE BAND SEEMINGLY MINING THEIR PARENT'S RECORD COLLECTIONS FOR INSPIRATION AND COLLAGING IT ALL TOGETHER. IT'S POSSIBLY THE ONLY HIP-HOP BOOMERS COULD ENJOY, BECAUSE THE BEATLES, ZEPPELIN, HENDRIX AND FLOYD ALL MAKE BRIEF APPEARANCES. "EGG-MAN", "THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE" AND "HEY LADIES" ARE THE BEST TRACKS IN THIS REGARD, WITH WELL ACCOMPLISHED SAMPLING AND A TRULY DANCEABLE ENERGY. HOWEVER, THE SUITE AT THE END FEELS DISJOINTED AND ROUGH, LIKE IT WAS COBBLED TOGETHER FROM SOME OUTTAKES. OVERALL, I ENJOYED HEARING SUCH A LANDMARK ALBUM IN HIP-HOP. BUT JUST LIKE THESE ALL-CAPS, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH OF IT I COULD TAKE. A little more chopping down and experimenting with different flows and delivery would have done wonders.

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Somebody greatly overestimated how long I'd like to hear a bunch of white kids shout brags at me.

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I've never been a fan of the Beasties because of their shout-rap, their gaudy party anthems and the fact that white boy DJs at CKCU, who would never think of playing rap, played Licensed to Ill to death. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by this LP, especially the highly entertaining sampling/production. It sounded like it couldn’t be the same guys, and it wasn’t - it was the Dust Brothers. And they still shout.

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Though I would consider Hip-Hop to be one of my least favorite genres, I believe Paul's Boutique is an absolute gem. Every single track on here is packed with fitting samples, witty lyrics, raunchy and edgy rap, great pacing and extremly catchy bass riffs. Besides "Car Thief", I think every track on here is an absolute staple in this genre, and Paul's Boutique thus deserves a 5/5.

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Day 28 of Albums You Must Hear... When Beastie Boys released their debut album, Licensed to Ill in 1986, an album that would go on to sell 10 million copies and become the first rap album to top the Billboard album chart, Rap music had finally began to cross over to a broader audience. Along with Beastie Boys, Def Jam also introduced legendary acts such as LL Cool J, Run-DMC, and Public Enemy. Due to conflict with Def Jam, Beastie Boys would only release one album under the label. When the time came to release their sophomore offering, Beastie Boys had began to lose a bit of their momentum in the eyes of the public, yet expectations were high. Not wanting to be known as a one hit album wonder, Beastie Boys had inspiration to break away from being known as the novelty of “Frat Hip-Hop”. In 1988, no longer having the unique rock inspired production of Def Jam co-founder Rick Ruben, Beastie Boys linked up with production duo, Dust Brothers for their next album Paul’s Boutique. Sampling is as hip-hop as graffiti and break dancing. It’s an art that takes expert timing and next level creativity. Paul’s Boutique is a master class in sampling, maybe only second to De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising. Nearly the entirety of Paul’s Boutique music is all samples, chopped and cut so well that you will miss more than you recognize. There are over 100 songs sampled on this record, 24 on the last track alone. If you listen closely you can hear many clips from a wide variety of artists like, The Beatles, James Brown, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, The Eagles, and that’s just naming a few. The 80’s was the Wild Wild West of sampling before the lawyers and litigation made it an extremely expensive luxury for artists. (Still can’t stream that De La Soul album, largely because of this). While Licensed to Ill is a legendary album and put Beastie Boys on the map, and has more recognizable songs, the depth of Paul’s Boutique is sonically more satisfying to me. I found myself lost in the dense and craftiness of all the sounds that underly the lyrics. I find it difficult to pick my favorite songs because I liked them all so much. What are your favorites from Paul’s Boutique? Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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Good background music. Shite foreground music.

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5

The samples alone, good lord. What an album

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If you ask them, the Beasties will tell you that Hello Nasty is their best album, which makes sense being that it's their most mature, most diverse showcase of their musical talents. Ask nearly anybody else, though, and they'll direct you here, because it's, you know, their best album. The B Boys are cultural sponges, and both records do a great job of showing that in their own ways, but Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA are at their absolute best when they're bouncing off of each other multiple times within a single bar and rattling off left-field references like a musical Family Guy cutaway, and I cannot imagine a better fit for that than what the Dust Brothers pull off in their production work on Paul's Boutique. There's a lot of ground being covered here: Lookin' Down the Barrel of a Gun has a refined (read: less embarrassing) take on Licensed to Ill's metal influence, more than a few tracks are downright funky, and Johnny Ryall even throws in some bluegrass. What all these beats have in common (beyond being dope as shit), however, is the rampant sampling, which builds a scrapbook of sounds that plays perfectly off of the irreverent, reference-laden lyricism. Paul's Boutique embodies the record store scrounging, anything goes spirit of hip-hop, and that it sounds as good as it does is almost a bonus. Key Tracks (B-Boy Bouillabaisse is cheating): High Plains Drifter, 3-Minute Rule, Car Thief

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7/10. Had some really fun moments, but an entire album-length session of listening to their voices is a lot.

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It was alright, it's not really my kind of music but it kept me entertained throughout. This is the first time I've listened to any music from them and I get their appeal but as I said, it's not really for me.

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I guess instruments can be replaced by a mouse. And this was technology 30+ years ago. I didn't get through the entire LP. After 5-Piece Chicken Dinner I figured they couldn't possibly do anything better so double clicked an early demise to Paul's Boutique. (The B-Boys must understand that the mouse giveth and the mouse taketh away.) While I couldn't finish the job, I still think  that this album is a lot of fun. I hate to say this and wouldn't want the word to spread, but I liked it -  kinda - a little bit - sorta - maybe.

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Comedy Rap. Not interested.

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It says something that my favourite track on this album is a 23 second skit that's basically only samples with 2 lines of vocals. Not exactly my style but a good album nontheless. Apparently it's been very influential in rap/hip-hop world and I can see why.

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Love the samples, dislike the lyrics.

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Ah, so I see where KidRock got his inspiration now. You know, I didn’t hate this, but so many of the songs just sounded the same to me. It didn’t really inspire me. It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t make it through, but it just really isn’t my thing.

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Were the Beastie Boys lame or cool? I can't tell . The internet says they're a rock bank.. what!?

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I can easiliy speak in absolute terms for this one: It's the worst album I've ever heard! Having said that I should probably add that I only listen to albums that I immediately like, so I never would have listened to this in the first place. Although I don't like HipHop or Rap in the slightest, I have to at least give them some credit for the quality of some of their sounds (and I'm not talking about their singing). My favorite part of the album is at 25:40 - that intermission at the halfway mark genuinely surprised me and made me laugh, giving me enough mental strength to listen to the rest of this "music".

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Overall an entertaining album, definitely overstays it's welcome. The vocals are pretty different from most other music I've listened to but I appreciate the beat on most of the songs. Also some sick Dylan, Hendrix, and Cash references in there.

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Probably my least favorite of their albums I have listened to. Some catchy bits but there were a few I outright skipped and nothing was that memorable. Shake your Rump was the only one I saved. And cool album cover, I've never seen a busy New York street corner as an album so very inventive and creative.

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I was under the impression I was really into Beastie Boys so I went in with expectations high. Disappointed with the rhymes, disappointed with the rhythms. This ain’t the hip hop I’m gonna turn to in the future.

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im not enjoying this at allllll. what are they doing.. nice transition into the third track. okay, lyrics are fun sometimes. the psycho song in egg man was fun. high plains drifter: music is great but i cant with their whiny voices. okay im done and the previous sentence applies to the entire album basically. didnt hate it but i wouldnt want to listen to it again.

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Man I dont think I liked this one at all. This kinda hip hop not my thing. Funky for sure, just not my funk.

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The style of this whole album just wasn't for me. I'm torn between 1 and 2. I was gonna be generous, and actually, I will be, I made it the whole way through

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I recognise the Beastie Boys' originality. I'm well aware of them breaking new grounds in so many areas. But I just don't like their music

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I like that this project makes you listen to music you wouldn't normally listen to. So I understand that this album is basically constructed from samples which is cool and quite clever. I like to that it's fun and would probably appreciate it at a house party or something of that ilk. I'm not really keen on rap, like don't get me wrong it's ok for a song or two. Would I choose to listen again? Probably not, sorry.

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Not for me. having heard Ill Communication back in the day, and hating it, I'll always been told that subsequently they evolved into a serious, more mature and credible act, but hadn't heard anything by them. Just listened to this, better produced yes, but still shouty white boy rap.

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2

Kinda corny and annoying

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2

I think...I think I might hate the Beastie Boys. Well...I hate their music. Which actually is pretty upsetting for me, because they all seem like pretty good dudes, and I wish I liked their stuff.

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Better than Ill Communication, but not by much...

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Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys (1989) I listened carefully to this album from start to finish, and I read through about half the lyrics, and I tried to discern all the one hundred eleven credited samples. It sure seems like these guys are having a good time. The sampling is intricate and wide ranging, with more than a few snippets that are recognizable from other popular recorded music (from Led Zeppelin to Johnny Cash), sometimes entertaining, sometimes distracting, always worth researching. All this is laid down over heavy but un-evolving beats and musical grooves, providing background to the dominant yelling of the three male ‘vocalists’. If it’s not high art, it’s certainly a well developed craft. For those who are in on their party scene, I suppose it’s good fun. But for those like me who aren’t part of that scene, it rather evokes a regret that we weren’t invited. 2/5

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If there was an instrumental version of this album, I'd probably love it. It looks like you can find some of the instrumentals on Youtube. They're great. The Dust Brothers do not disappoint.

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This one was leagues better than the other two Beastie Boys albums we had the misfortune to listen to. Now, leagues better means 2 stars instead of 1 in this case. But I actually listened to the full album while only skipping half of 2-3 songs. That's a really massive improvement over the other two B-Boys albums!

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Can’t listen to it - really not a fan

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Sounds like a lot of noise, they aren't good at rapping either. Extremely repetitive flow and rhyming scheme. The sound and everything is grating and repetitive. Struggling to even listen to the whole album. Extremely overrated. This stuff is genuinely bad.

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Whiny is the best way to describe this

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Quite like the music until they sing

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I suffered through it. I tried to see what people like about this. The rhythm, the rhymes. But for me, the voices are annoying, the topics are not interesting, and half the time I was trying to decipher what they actually meant by this phrase or that--usually unproductively, sometimes with regret.

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Honestly, don’t know if I can get through this one. Beastie Boys have never really been my thing, or my dad’s (I feel like it’s dad music). I never listened to them growing up, so they don’t elicit any feelings of nostalgia, which I think is the only way I would appreciate this album.

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Wow, that was way more irritating than I thought it would be.

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It's just random yelling over shitty beats.

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I did not like this. i had to stop it in the middle. i understand the appeal, but absolutely not for me

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hated it. honestly one of the worst albums i've ever listened to. some cool samples, but this was like nails on a chalkboard to me

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5

Certainly pushes the boundaries of hip hop. Worth the listen.

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5

So amazing and under-appreciated

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5

hip hop

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5

Amazing amalgam of thick beats and the boys at their best. Fave: Three Minute Rule

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5

Never heard a song on this entire album but I was into it the whole time.

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5

Yes.

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5

Really enjoyed. BB are a solid group I've been meaning to listen to. Really upbeat and fun listen. Lyrically sound but kinda cheesy, but I think that's the point.

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5

Simply one of the greatest Hip-hop albums ever created.

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5

One of my favorite albums! Best use of sampling; Beasties are pioneers!

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5

Long time Beastie Boy fan - one of my favorite albums...not at first but really embraced it over time.

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5

This whole album is kind of a fever dream but in a good way. Don't think I'd actually heard any of these songs before...but liked them all! Fun to have shorter songs

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You know, I said License to Ill was the BBoys at their best, but this may be better. Their sampling game is on point here, and a lot of their most juvenile lyrics have gone away. I'm not sure if this deserves a 5, but I gave License to Ill a 4, and this album is definitely much better than that. SO IT MUST BE.

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5

Yep

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5

One of the greatest hip hop albums of all time? Yep. Best Tracks: Shake Your Rump, Egg Man, Hey Ladies

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5

Been so long since I listened to this as an entire album. It's better than I remember So many memories...

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5

Absolutely rocked out to this hard.

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5

A classic!

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5

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique Love this album 5 Stars

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5 stars. Can you think of a more surprising second album? Licensed to Ill was largely an unserious party rap/rock record that had massive success. This album was an effort to move away from that and to be a bit more serious. That said, this album arrived prior to their later "enlightenment" so it still has some of the things that hadn't aged particularly well in License to Ill. From a production standpoint they got lucky as this album snuck in just prior to the changes in copyright law that would have impacted the heavy sampling. A year or two later and this album could have never happened.

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5

5* for what goes around

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I don't listen to Beastie Boys nearly often enough.

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5

5.0 + Foists me back in Brooklyn. I’m rummaging through a mental flea market of strange and oblique cultural references. I’m surrounded by cartoonishly menacing characters but I’m drunk and zonked and clowning with my boys and we’re wilding and we’re one with the whole scene. This album is a non-stop troll party. Too many jokes, stunts and memes to appreciate with one listen. As it happens, this was my fifth full listen and I’m only just starting to make headway. Incredible.

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5

Amazing album. I've always loved it.

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I was going to take a star away just because this isn't my favorite Beastie Boys album. However, it has been a while since I've pulled this album from the shelf, and I may have been wrong. This might just by my favorite Beastie Boys album.

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5

I mean. Cmon.

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GOAT

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5

Best sample record ever!

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September 23, 2021 Love this stuff for working!

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5

Had this on cassette back in the day. It's where I really start liking The Beastie Boys. They are transitioning out of their earlier sound into something much more complex. Bursting at the seams with samples. Love the flow of the tracks, almost especially when they suddenly smack up against one another, culminating in the collage-like "B Boy Bouillabaisse." The album moves along at a good clip while covering alot of different moods/sounds, but mostly exuding contagious excitement and fun. Wish more contemporary hip hop had this kind of manic ADD energy.

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5

The Beastie Boys follow up their debut album with a record that goes way harder in an urban, hip-hop sound. With clever, well-crafted lyrics, deeper drum tracks, and the greatest use of sampling for any album ever, this record solidified the rap trio beyond a one-trick pony. Paul's Boutique capitalizes on creating moods and moments rather than just being an in-your-face banger record that its predecessor was, which is why I don't think there are recognizable "hits" to the layman listener. Don't let that fool you from thinking there aren't energetic tracks, some of these tunes have the freshest, most advanced production I think an album could have for the 80's. It feels like the Frankenstein's monster of hip-hop with each B-Boy contributing unique and chaotic writing that translated into something beyond anybody's imagination. It's a record that was simply ahead of its time. The ending "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" suit feels like a fire mixtape within an even fuller album, and anybody that listens to rap or hip-hop that utilizes samples can look to this collection as the influential obelisk. Favorite Songs: Shake Your Rump, The Sounds of Science, Hey Ladies, Shadrach Least Favorite: Egg Man

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5

Already loved it

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5

Hell yeah! You can't go wrong with Beastie Boys

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5

What a masterpiece, I can't believe that I hadn't listened to the whole thing before now. The samples, the production, hot-potato hand-off rhymes, the ridiculous lyrics--you could listen to this for years and not catch everything.

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5

All time favorite. I could write a novel about this band and each of their albums. While not mg favorite of theirs I believe it is their most important work.

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Five star classic. Both an incredibly fun album and also an incredibly important album in the history of sampling, hip hop, plunderphonics, intellectual property law, etc.

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Perhaps their best album, absolutely brilliant. 5 stars.

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5

The best album the beasties boys and a gateway drug for us ol indie fellas into hip hop and electronica back in the day. The bass on this album is amazing and some of the crunchiest funniest ever. The lyrics absurd from egg man to the Bouille bass skits at the end. Barrel of a gun is a thumping rock track and joyride just glorious. I have listened to this album many times and it never gets old. 'Some static started in the pool hall, hit the motherfuckers face with the que ball!'

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5

LOVE THE BEASTIES! Already high on list of albums I listen to so although was gonna try and be objective it's getting a 5

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5

I don't personally care for the Beastie Boys but this album was fun and the production was superb.

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5

What a banger - so many excellent samples from before when it was too expensive. Loved it

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5

The excellent splicing of samples makes this a glorious listen. Favorites: "Shake Your Rump", "The Sounds Of Science", "Hey Ladies", "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun"

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5

JOHNNY RYALL!

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My most-listened to hip hop album of 2021. I love everything about it. The samples are insanely good. They just kept slapping sample after sample and incorporating them ridiculously well. The lyrics are silly, catchy, and exciting. All the songs are solid. There's a crap ton of diversity in these tracks. One ends and the next is a completely different experience but just as intriguing. Not to mention each track is only a few minutes long... meaning each song gets its shine to appreciate before moving on to the next masterpiece. This is one album I need to listen to from start to finish. One time I heard "Hey Ladies" playing in a music store and I just had to pause. Love the cowbells and the screams so much, without a doubt my favorite pick. If I'm looking for fun hip hop, Beastie Boys is always my first And this album, in particular, engages me every minute. There are segments that I can rock, funk, groove, or dance to. There are parts that always impress me. It's hard for me to dislike much about it.

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5

Groundbreaking. Love it!

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5

Outstanding album. I have never fully listened to this one before, and even the songs I wasn't fully familiar with were complete party anthems. What a classic!

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5

9/10 Very amazing. incredible beats and rhymes

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YAS LOVE

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5

Fantástic

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5

Очень энергичный. Не ожидал, что так понравится

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5

Perfection.

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Shit yes. Can't give enough stars

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5

One of my favourite albums - good fun to work my way through the list of samples in the wikipedia article

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5

This collaboration between the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers is a legendary achievement. I highly recommend the 33 1/3 book about the making of this record. I also recommend you check out a playlist or Youtube video that breaks down all the samples. Best track: Shake Your Rump

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5

Still sounds pretty new and fresh!

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5

Excellent. Good samples

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5

I loved this album, every time I felt like it was getting a little stale, they brought a completely new idea out of nowhere. I loved looking at all the different samples. Favorite tracks: Egg Man, The Sounds of Science, Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun, and Hello Brooklyn

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A masterclass in hip hop and sampling

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fuckin belter. classic.

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Barn storming lesson in sampling. This is some album.

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Un classique. La construction des chansons avec tous ces samplings est stupéfiante.

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Suburban hip-hop is the best way to explain what I just listened to. It was chaotic and had a similar feel to Run DMC. I enjoyed it!

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All-time classic

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I don't own many Beastie Boys albums on vinyl, but this one sits on my shelf, and is a must - massive tracks like Hey Ladies, and Shake Your Rump are ubiquitous and rightly so. This is guaranteed to get you dusting off your best funky chicken moves - lots of groovy samples threaded throughout. Far less 'angsty' than their earlier work. Anyone who can thread the word 'mortgage' into three syllables earns their place as lyricist extraordinaire! This is arguably their best album

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5

Now this shit’s genius. And it was a welcome relief after the License to Ill which I absolutely hated. I remember my buddy saying I had to give Paul’s Boutique a chance back in the day, and was immediately into it. The samples are fantastic and unexpected, it’s fun and funny, and has a timeless groove to it. Probably my favorite Beastie Boys record.

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5

Album blows my mind every time time I listen to it. There will never be an album like this again, the Sgt Pepper of the 80's.

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5

besta b-boys platan imo

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The Bestie Boys have a penchant for putting together some of the best beats and samples. Their rapping style features a fairly simple flow, but their combative back and forth delivery has become a signature of the genre. Paul's Boutique features a more mature sound than Licensed to Ill and despite its 53 minute length, flows so well that it never becomes unwelcome. This is understandably incredibly critically acclaimed and is one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.

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One of my all-time favorites.

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HELLLO BROOKLYNNN!! Upon waking, I was delighted that Paul’s Boutique was my selection for the day. It’s not my favorite Beastie Boys album (Check Your Head), but I knew it would keep my morning good mood flowing. It’s impossible to listen to the B-Boys and be in a crappy headspace. The mix of the boys from Brooklyn and The Dust Brothers heralded this audio masterpiece that’s just so much damn fun. I have so many great memories of amazing times that involved this record. My top tracks: *Shake Your Rump *High Plains Drifter *Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun *Car Thief *Shadrach

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5

My favourite album by my favourite group. Do not expect objectivity from me.

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Top 3 Songs: 1 - Shake Your Rump (2) 2 - Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun (10) 3 - Shadrach (13)

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5

Fizzing with invention, humour and wild feats of imagination. It's got tunes, phat beats and I can bug out to it.

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A landmark hip-hop album whose cost to reproduce today would be astronomical due to the amounts of samples. I didn’t really care for it too much as a kid which just further iterates the point that kids are dumb.

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This album was perfect. Something I will listen to over and over. I never really dove into the Beastie Boys in the past but this one got me sucked in!

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Heel cool om weer te horen!

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5

The best masterclass of sampling

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Heard before but properly for the first time. Damn you couldn’t make this these days. That Sgt Pepper sample! A shit ton of fun. Proud to be a semi-obnoxious NYer music. Weirdly Stuy

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5

awesome

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Classic

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Classic Beastie Boys.

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4

Rento meisinki ja biiti tarttuvia

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4

Possibly the best beastie boys album. Starts strong and ends strong

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4

Surprisingly more Jazzy

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A treasure trove of music discovery through the samples.

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4

Hip Hop style, good for dancing. Since the style of the music is loud, full vocal volume it is hard to listen to casually for me.

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So much happening in this album. These guys are like idiot savants. Love it!

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Don't listen to enough Beastie Boys!

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I liked it - baselines especially - also muuch better than others i was sugested to listen lately so the 4* micht just be because it's actually "passable"

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I mean, they sample the Beatles

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Great choice in samples. It's a fantastic merging of rock and hip hop. The ending of the last song is the best.

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So much groove and energy. I feel like I need to spend a lot more time with this to really unlock it. It's certainly pretty weird.

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Que maestría de sampleo, al leer cuántas canciones son te das una idea de la magnitud del trabajo de mezcla. En 5 piece chicken dinner ya estaban cayendo pero de repente comienza Looking down the barrel of a gun con ese sampleo atascadísimo de Mississippi Queen y me dió levantón

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Class.

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theyre so cool and funny

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although most of the tracks had a similar style, the funky guitar and loud hip hop lyrics make this album cool crisp n catchy

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Album fantastico. Sound iconico ed inconfondibile. Alcune canzoni sono esilaranti.

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bonkers sampling

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Surprisingly good. Never gave the group a chance prior to this.

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Dope. Now I get the hype!

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4.5 | Se me hace muy fortuito e interesante que este disco haya salido justo después de Run-DMC, acabando casi de hablar cómo aquel disco era la máxima expresión de cierto estilo de rap en los 80s y aquí tenemos un gran ejemplo de cómo evolucionó ese estilo particular. Saliendo de un primer disco bastante decente, divertido, del cual no hablaré más porque de seguro vendrá en la lista (aunque en mi opinión su necesidad es algo dudosa dentro de la misma), cuando quizá se les consideraba que no serían más que un one-hit wonder sacan lo que en mi opinión es su mejor disco. Es un album fantástico, tiene un centro temático en sus letras (que evolucionan ahora a mucho más que canciones medio de fiesta), incluso para los estándares de hoy, musicalmente es impresionante la técnica y calidad de sampleo. El simple número gigantesco de samples y la variedad de sus orígenes es casi incomprensible; por un lado lo podría considerar CASI como parte de plunderphonics. El disco da una experiencia desorientadora pero perfectamente planeada en su aspecto musical. Es, en mi opinión, un gran logro especialmente en el lado de producción para todo el hip-hop. En comparación de nuevo con algo como Run-DMC aquí se nota lo opuesto, un lado musical y de producción fuertísimo y letras que si bien son buenas en su estilo y cadencia y tienen coherencia, quizá les falta un poco de complejidad estructural para ser tan brillantes como el lado musical y a quien no le agrade pueda sentir incluso que suena similar y tan infantil como el primer disco (lo cual en mi opinión está muy lejos de la realidad). Para mí, el mejor disco de los Beastie Boys y si bien no tiene sus sencillos más conocidos sí es su mejor trabajo.

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4

Sound of Science is the best

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Sgt pepper van de samples Horrorcompilatie is goed

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4

Fun record, so many samples. I get the critical reception.

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Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique - Shake Your Rump - nice "bass" brass - Egg Man - Superfly sample! Epic Meme Sample in the outro! - High Plains Drifter - strong 808 vibes there, but moans where unsettling - The Sounds of Science - is this a parody? a mockery of science? but the second part has so much energy, i like that - Hey Ladies - funky groove, especially the cowbell/a-go-go thing and ballroom blitz sample = superb - Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun - triggers serious bass-face! FAZIT: Golden Age of Hip-Hop, definitely. I liked it.

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Markedly better than Ill Communication. Part of that is probably because this is from '89 instead of '94: it does sound dated, but it should sound dated. Even still, the instrumental flourishes all over this album are interesting. The beats are very basic, but different samples and basslines elevate this above standard fare. I heard samples of stuff like Superfly, Mississippi Queen, the Jaws Theme, Ballroom Blitz, That Lady (which was also sampled by Kendrick on "i"), Folsom Prison, and Good Times. The perfect album to show to people who hate on sampling in hip hop. Now I can safely say that, despite my distaste for the other album, I'm not a Beastie Boys hater. Favorite tracks: Hey Ladies, Egg Man, Shake Your Rump, 3-Minute Rule, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun. Album art: This one's a bit of a classic. It reminds me of the Bowie album cover that also features a street scene. This seems to be a common theme for many artists to do a cover like this, but it works. 4/5

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Full of Humour and charm, these boys from Brooklyn sure do know how to do sample. Excellent Mixing.

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4

great one

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:))))))))))))))))))

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Probably the strongest Beastie Boys album. 7 or 8/10, best track is easily '5-piece chicken dinner'

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Surprised this one was in there, but welcome.

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Worth a double listen

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4

Not their best but a still great.

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pretty groundbreaking in its day and a big leap from fight for your right. 4

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Such a good album. Been far too long since I've listened to it. Love all the samples! Songs flew by. Only album I've listened to twice in the day so far.

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Love the vibes. There's definitely a certain sound that you can only get from sampling, a sound that is synonymous with specific genres. It's quite remarkable there are SO many samples on this record. 8/10

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Beastie Boys + Dust Brothers = really fun album

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Well that was a lovely surprise. Bloody loved that. Kitchen disco. Post dinner vibes. Will listen again🥳 DANNY

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A crass yet compelling mélange. Definitely need to listen to this again, under more focused circumstances.

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Really enjoyed this, not totally sure what they were saying half the time, but loved the sampling and vocal energy, proper vibe! Great for doing jigsaws to! ;)

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Shake Your Rump, Johnny Ryall, Egg Man, Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun, Shadrach, B-Boy Bouillabaisse: A Year And A Day, B-Boy Bouillabaisse: Hello Brooklyn, B-Boy Bouillabaisse: Dropping Names Cutting Edge: Car Thief Overall Notes: Pretty good. More of a technical marvel with all the sampling than a musical marvel, but still enjoyed a fair amount of tracks. Low 4.

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Yeh, decent, better than the last beastie boys album I got. Still a bit gimmicky though. Some later tracks decent. 'A Year and a Day' real decent. 4/5

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Guess what, still good!

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Definately ahead of its time. Aged well. I liked it.

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Man, them boys just sound like they’re having the time of their lives. Infectious joy and contagious enthusiasm, with gleefully rough edges. I noticed here that despite the Beasties(?) rapping to the same pattern, more or less, regardless of the beat, it never gets tired because of (1) that infectious delight in what they’re doing and (2) their actual rhymes are never staid or predictable, indicating a good deal of craft. Also, they win Best Egg Man in Music. There, I said it.

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Klasik album osamdesetih sa klasičnim coverom. Općenito su jako utjecajni na mnoge kulture u glazbi, ali ovaj album mislim da sam najviše slušao kada sam bio zainteresiran u njih. Općenito nekada njihov flow i glas zna biti piiiiinkicu odbojan, ali sve u svemu je ovo jedan odličan album. Ako već neki album od njih po meni zaslužuje ovaku ocijenu, to je onda ovaj momak.

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Hadn't heard this particular album before. Standard BB faire, pretty decent. 4/5

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The Beastie Boys are always good. The only problem with them is a lot of their music sounds the same.

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Was never bored. Great Sample, great beats

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4

Influential album and LOVE BEASTIE BOYS FOREVER

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Solid album with a good sound. I’d never turn down a listen to it, even though it isn’t my particular vibe.

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4

Interesting album. Lots of samples. Very different to licensed to ill. Still holds up well

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4

Just ok

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Fantastic album. None of the big hits that id know well. Typical Beastie Boys humour

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Kolejne zwierzakowe bojsy wlecialy, pauls boutique to drugi album bandy, dodakowo 25 lipca byla 32 rocznica wydania plyty, wiec lista prawie trafila z data, tym razem nie az tak klasyczny jak licensed to ill, ale jednak i tak dalbym go w top 3 beastiowych plyt, jesli chodzi o influencyjnosc materialu zaprezentowanego na tym krazku, wydany 3 lata po wielkim komercyjnym sukcesie debiutowego illowego albuma, nie zebral az tak szerokiego poklasku, ale jednak wsrod fanow klasyki jest to niezwykle wazna pozycja, jesli chodzi o techniki wykorzystane na produkcji, to slychac prawdziwa rewolucje, tym razem za masteringiem nie stal pan rubinowy, tylko the dust brothers znani ze swojego mocno samplowego stylu tworzenia trakow, dodatkowo wsparciem inzynierskim byl pan mario caldato, ktorego byly to pierwsze kroki w murzynskim biznesie, no i same zwierzaki mialy ogromny wplyw na brzmienie materialu koncowego, bo niby lekkie duchy z chlopakow, to jednak podobno katowali produkcje w celu osiagniecia brzmienia jaki chcieli uzyskac w swych marzeniach, wracajac do sampli, to chyba ciezko o bardziej osamplowany material, jesli chodzi o mainstreamowe wydania, 55 minutowy material jest oparty na 105 samplach, nie moglo ozywiscie zabraknac bongowego rokowania, ktory pojawil sie wczesniej na liscie, przy czym az 24 sample sa na jednym traku, zamykajacej krazek 12 minutowej rapowej suitcie b boj bouillabaisse, takie instrumentale o wiele bardziej pasuja do komicznych liryk i dialogowego prowadzenia trakow jaki prowadza bojsy, da sie uslyszec takze teksy o wiele bardziej przemyslane i nie tak przystepne dla sluchacza radiowego, wiec po komercyjnym sukcesie chlopaki spelnili sie takze jako tworcy tworzac cos naprawde orginalnego co zmienilo cala rap gre, tworzenie kawalkow na multi samplingowych lejerow, to przeciez 90s w pigulce, dlatego jak dla mnie jest to moj ulubiony material boysow, na plejaka leci looking down the barrel of a gun, prawie otwierajacy shake your rump, prawie bo jednak pierwszy kawalek na trakliscie to to all the girls, a do bab krotka pilka i 30 sekundowy trak calkowitej ciszy majacy przygotowac sluchacza na sampelkowy rolercoster jaki ma uslyszec w nadchodzacych 50 minutach, gdyby inne rapowe albumiki mialy takie omowienie sampelkowe jak ten, to moje zycie byloby o wiele latwiejsze, jesli chodzi o szukanie materialow zrodlowych, no i ostatni trak to the sounds of the science

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Pretty fun! I really liked a lot of these tracks and the samples were cool, but I felt that there were some obnoxious moments and a lot of filler 7/10

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Not much genre per se, but entire album shows the amazing craftsmanship they had

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I knew they are cool, but still surprised by the groove and funk on this album. Top.

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A great album. Love how all the samples blend together and every line is a punchline

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Such fantastic sampling on this album. The cover is iconic too. Not my favorite album of theirs but I love it still.

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If “License to Ill” is “Meet the Beatles”, then “Paul’s Boutique” is “Sgt Pepper’s.” 
License to Ill is more easily digestible, fun, and in the best way possible, safe listening experience. It takes me back to a very particular place and I remember playing it over and over as a kid. Now 30+ years later as an adult, I can still do that without tiring of it. Paul’s Boutique is the more artistic and edgy album and takes risks. Those risks didn’t pay off at the time as the album was a commercial and critical failure, but listening to it now the experimental and ballsy quality of the writing shows the Beastie Boys growl as a band. They were moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and the changes in perspective after the success of License to Ill definitely shines out and seems daring even when it doesn’t always make for the most enjoyable listening experience. It serves as a love letter to their hometown. Like most letters written after the fact, it romanticizes things in different way than we did when we were there. License to Ill will always be my go to Beastie Boys album, primarily because of it’s simplicity, familiarity and fun. (Girls not withstanding, but the band has addressed that problematic like product of its era). That doesn’t take anything away from Paul’s Boutique though which is a brilliant album with influences you can easily hear in the works of Lin Manuel Miranda, Eminem, & even Jay-Z. There is plenty of room for both, and like the Beatles albums - the differences hidden within the similarities is part of what makes these albums great.

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negatives: couple of songs I didn't like, notably High Plain Drifter, and a little too long... I was kinda over it 35min in so 53 min is a little too much otherwise I mean it's really good and I respect it a lot despite it not really being my style. I feel like it could grow on me even more too, to be honest

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Didn’t pay much attention, but a good beat

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nice

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Mostly fantastic grooves and beat. The rapping is fun and interesting, if a little sneering.

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Witty, dense and timeless

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Lots of Beastie Boys lately. They weren't always my favorite and their voices can be a little grating but they've grown on me. I didn't realize how much Sublime lifted directly from them.

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I specifically remember when Paul's Boutique came out and I was not super impressed with it for all the reasons that certain people were not impressed with it. I'm not quite ready to embrace it as a beloved classic, but ok, it's influential. I also don't like that "Hey Ladies" is my favourite track, especially when it's not even close to being one of their best. (Pls, let's talk about Hello Nasty.)

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Sampling masterpiece. Underrated classic hip hop album

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Amazing production. Really cool use of various samples. Great groove and flow. The energy is maintained throughout the entirety of the album. Really fun listen.

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A perfect follow up to Licence to Ill. You can spend weeks tracing the origins of the samples on this album. This was the album that set the Beastie Boys on their path to alt-rap greatness

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This is another album that I've always intended to listen to, based on it's reviews, but never quite managed to sit down with. The samples are transcendent, even when paired by bizarre lyrics. Egg man is a great example of this: a song all about throwing eggs is paired with samples from Pusher Man and Psycho in a way that completely works. What's amazing about this album is how much you will recognize when you start to focus on the different sounds you hear. While I wish sometimes that their rapping was a bit more interesting, it's good enough, and it fits with a lot of the rap of the time. The samples, and their chemistry as a group, make this album work incredibly well. The fact that this was among the first hip-hop albums that could be considered as an album rather than a collection of individual songs packaged together adds to its significance (though I would give more credit to It Takes a Nation of Millions by Public Enemy on that front) 4/5

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Oh yeah, this was wayyyy more up my alley than previous entries. I was jamming out to this shit! I was actually sad when it ended, wanted it to keep going. I'll be the first to admit that Beastie Boys can be corny as all heck, but I really just do not care because it's hella enjoyable. Love their delivery & energy, and I was really enjoying the beats.

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like the 4th(?) rap album I've listened to in my life but aye it's good, it's fun. More of this, less of Metallica please

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Great Album. Nothing to dowith the first one. Superfly, Jaws, psico, are only a few samples used in this record. Great sound

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The first album is better

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Unexpected fun. Love the white boy false bravado. Only a couple of steps removed from rappin' grannies.

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