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Licensed To Ill

Beastie Boys

1986

Licensed To Ill

Album Summary

Licensed to Ill is the debut studio album by American rap rock group Beastie Boys. It was released on November 15, 1986, by Def Jam and Columbia Records, and became the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart. It is one of Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut records to date and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015 for shipping over ten million copies in the United States.

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3.56

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5665

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable -- a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album's history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam, and this remarkable record, since mixing metal and hip-hop isn't necessarily an easy thing to do. Just sampling and scratching Sabbath and Zeppelin to hip-hop beats does not make for an automatically good record, though there is a visceral thrill to hearing those muscular riffs put into overdrive with scratching. But, much of that is due to the producing skills of Rick Rubin, a metalhead who formed Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons and had previously flirted with this sound on Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell, not to mention a few singles and one-offs with the Beasties prior to this record. He made rap rock, but to give him lone credit for Licensed to Ill (as some have) is misleading, since that very same combination would not have been as powerful, nor would it have aged so well -- aged into a rock classic -- if it weren't for the Beastie Boys, who fuel this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay. At the time, it wasn't immediately apparent that their obnoxious patter was part of a persona (a fate that would later plague Eminem), but the years have clarified that this was a joke -- although, listening to the cajoling rhymes, filled with clear parodies and absurdities, it's hard to imagine the offense that some took at the time. Which, naturally, is the credit of not just the music -- they don't call it the devil's music for nothing -- but the wild imagination of the Beasties, whose rhymes sear into consciousness through their gonzo humor and gleeful delivery. There hasn't been a funnier, more infectious record in pop music than this, and it's not because the group is mocking rappers (in all honesty, the truly twisted barbs are hurled at frat boys and lager lads), but because they've already created their own universe and points of reference, where it's as funny to spit out absurdist rhymes and pound out "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" as it is to send up street corner doo wop with "Girls." Then, there is the overpowering loudness of the record -- operating from the axis of where metal, punk, and rap meet, there never has been a record this heavy and nimble, drunk on its own power yet giddy with what they're getting away with. There is a sense of genuine discovery, of creating new music, that remains years later, after countless plays, countless misinterpretations, countless rip-off acts, even countless apologies from the Beasties, who seemed guilty by how intoxicating the sound of it is, how it makes beer-soaked hedonism sound like the apogee of human experience. And maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but in either case, Licensed to Ill reigns tall among the greatest records of its time.

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Sat Jan 09 2021
5

It's the fuckin' Beastie Boys, man!

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

One of the most entertaining debut records of all time. It has it all, extremely creative and hard-hitting funky jazzy beats, a nice variety of headbangers and funny satire of frat culture, and an edgy raw energy that is rarely seen from a contemporary hip hop outfit. Even after having listened to it many times, I never stop shaking my head and tapping my feet to Rhymin & Stealin, Fight For Your Right, No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Slow and Low and Brass Monkey, and I don't think I ever will. 5/5.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

What kind of elder millennial would I be if I didn’t like this album?! I knew several songs already.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Classic style, unique production, unabashedly playful. You can try and throw this on in the background, but someone will start singing along.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Possibly the best debut album in hip-hop history. It’s hard, it’s funny, and these guys tell stories with the best, as evidenced in tracks like Paul Revere. And everyone who’s ever been a teenager can relate to Fight for Your Right. A blast from start to finish.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

I love this album. I didn't even realize how much I loved it until I listened to it top to bottom (which I'm not sure I've ever actually done in a single sitting before). It's early hip-hop that's done well. The sampling, scratching, and "hyping" at its finest. But the Beastie Boys are also punk rock. They rap AND play instruments. They're angry and anti-establishment. It's also crazy to think that this was their debut album. It has so many classics on it. Well done, boys.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

loved their song I want it that way 😀

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Sat May 15 2021
3

Is this good, or is it just nostalgia.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

This should be good but it's not the beastie boys that resonate with me

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Tue Oct 05 2021
1

This is painful to listen to. Fight for your right is the only vaguely listenable track on here, there rest is cringey, outdated and dull

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

The album that started it all, absolute classic

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Mon Oct 12 2020
5

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

Dope

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

BouBou kiss kiss

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Classic

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

This was fun. I forget how many hits this album generated (She's Crafty, Girls, FFYRTP, Brass Monkey, Paul Revere, and No Sleep til Brooklyn). Also, Aesop Rock gave a nod to Rhymin' and Stealin' in Rings. "Rhymin' and stealin' and bein' a clod. Distractions free to maraud."

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

You already KNOW I'm gonna give this 5 stars! Don't even need to listen to it (but I will). Absolute bangers all the way through. Definitely a bit of nostalgia playing a role, but eh. I love it!

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Outstanding and Ground Breaking!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Time to get ILL

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

I mean, come on. This is too easy. Cuh-lassic. Although some of these hits are definitely outdated and the Boys have admitted to as much as well.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

love love love

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Classic. Love it. Never gets old.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

It is ridiculously amazing. It is helpful to have the context that the absurdity is tongue-in-cheek , and makes the album a bit more timeless than just a frat-bro album from the 80's. The rhymin' and energy are pure fun.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Nett

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

Guys, I got to talk to Mike D on the phone once and he had to stop for a second to corral his kids out of the room because they were having a NERF war. Obviously, some of the hits here are silly and didn’t age so well but it’s still catchy as hell, fun, and I know most of the words without ever having even owned this record. If this is the only Beasties record on this list, I will burn this list to the ground.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

yas! Zepppppp drums to start. love this album

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

No brainier.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

4.6* amazing album. lots of iconic songs on here and some nostalgic tracks! great album though overall!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

They don't have the right to be this good for a band that started as a joke

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Nunca le había puesto tanta atención a los beastie boys que chulada chingao

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Phenomenal album! Played the hell out of this as a teenager!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

I've got nostalgia bias, but I love these guys. They're sort of one big satirical pisstake of hip-hop and rap-rock, but their energy and dedication is infectious, and they're always making me laugh. The way they enunciate their words really clearly makes it easy for me to get the jokes, and I can still appreciate their juvenile sense of humour since it's wrapped up in a sort of flowing rap group energy that doesn't really stop, it just jumps from one rapper to the next. These guys probably wrote most of these songs drunk, they rhyme the stupidest things and write very dumb lines, and they pad out lyrical space with lots of callbacks to other lines. However, they've got variety of rap and rock, and they've managed to keep this juvenile conceptual-callback sarcastic "my posse is the best" rap group style through their whole career, and I must say, it's grown on me. Only thing I'd mark them down for is that their beats aren't that well developed on this album, however, it was 1986 so I expect they were pioneers somewhat with their hip hop loops.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

classic - didnt know the original name was "Dont be a Faggot". glad they fixed that!!!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Fuck yessss

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Old School hip-hop met heel wat rock-invloeden. De nummers Girls, Fight For Your Right en No Sleep Till Brooklyn staan rug aan rug in dit album, en zijn alle 3 fantastisch, en aan persoonlijke herinneringen verbonden. Is dit een objectieve beoordeling? Misschien niet, maar toch 5/5 voor dit album!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Sí bien nunca me han llamado la atención sí es cierto que ha sido por no hacerles demasiado caso. Con este disco me revientan todos los esquemas y me vuelven fan total. Me parece una locura que hicieran esto en los ochenta. Temazos. Trepidante y rompedor. Genial.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

I really enjoyed this. Loved the use of samples, guitars and the energy of it.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

There's not much to add with this album, it's an amazing album that made the hip-hop genre into something more vicious with their samples of hard rock and screeching vocals. It's certainly in the upper echelons of most influential hip hop albums of the 1980's

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Sweet, wicked rhymes

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Amazing debut album. So Many hits on here which for a first album is impressive. Totally unique sound at the time.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

berry good

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Solid album all around. Best beastie boys album. Probably one of the few rappers/groups that provide humor in their songs. They come out hard and provide rap hits over and over but with rock stylings and rap punk beats. 8.8/10

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Classic. Know it well. Love it.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Awesome

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Epic

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

Cómo no.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Can't decide between this or Paul's Boutique

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Simply awesome. This is a must listen.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

This one doesn’t get love because of albums from Paul’s Boutique onward, but that’s unfortunate. Licensed to Ill kicks ass. It takes real skill to be that bratty.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Iconic album. Beastie boys are goats

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Love it.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Very good

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Run DMC hires the singer from RATM

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Classic rap album

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

An all time classic. Some of it has aged badly and been disowned by the Beastie Boys, but it's almost all classics. Girls is terrible (though I did find it funny when I was 12) but every track after that could be a single. And most of the tracks before it. It gets 4 stars - only because Paul's Boutique, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty are all better albums by the same band. If it were any other group, it'd be 5! You know what, it is a 5 I'm supposed to be objective, aren't I.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Loved it! Exactly what you expect but great nonetheless.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Rulez

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

So good. Total perfection!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Classic

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

They evolved more after this, got more aware, but this album remains a classic.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Super fun, always a pleasure to bop to.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Legal. Divertido.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

awesome

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

What an album!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

The best

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Punk rock, metal hip hop! I love this album. Lyrics are fun and tell a story. Love the Beasties. 5

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

Great album, really didn't realise that Rick Rubin had produced this and the inclusion of Slayers Guitarist on "No Sleep To Brooklyn" is evidence of the broad nature of Ricks influence across music generally (Not forgetting his brilliant work with Johnny Cash of course) Amazing that these three white boys got the Hip-Hop Kudos they did but you have to love their mix of hip-hop humour and rock. As They say You Gotta "Fight For the Right" to Party! Well worth the listing in my opinion

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

oooooo nice. impressive debut album

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Very fun album. Insane number of hits. Hard to believe it came out in the mid-80s.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

loved it, Slow ride - amazing

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Ttt

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

You can tell they were having fun making this because the feeling rubs off on you.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

One of my all time favorites, just so good.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

iconic

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Thanks, I needed that

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

No sleep til….

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Great samples, beats, bars, and bangers. Could not ask for more out of an album

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Classic and ground breaking. Good music to boot. I've listened to this often since high school. Never gets old.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Snotty dickheads grab hip-hop and stuff it in the locker. Though some of the rhymes may sound dated now and would even be disowned by the boys we should never forget - this was meant to be satirical. It still sounds fucking great. Best Tracks: The New Style; Fight For Your Right; Hold It, Now Hit It

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Wed May 04 2022
5

The best rap album of all time. Enough said

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Can't believe it's been 10 years since we lost MCA. This album was a favorite at sleepovers with my best friend in high school. Groundbreaking talent. Every so often, my husband's favorite radio station will play Brass Monkey. As soon as it's over, I keep going "Let it flow. Let yourself go. Slow and low. That is the tempo." I just can't help it.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Have loved this album since my bus driver played it on cassette in 4th grade

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Fri May 13 2022
5

The pinnacle of stupid fun. I have so much love for this album at multiple stages in my life. I want an “infinity stars” button.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

classic album IMO

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFfrUmq2lww

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Hell yea, this album just drips coolness. This thing is so jam-packed with references, samples, nods and easter eggs to music history, especially rock history, that I'm still hearing new things after dozens of listens. The constant record scratching and old school hip-hop flow do certainly date this album to a specific era. And the strained singing from the boys don't make it always palatable to the ear. Despite these shortcomings, the soul, energy and respect for musical history definitely make this album one that everybody must listen to, preferably many many times. Fav Tracks: Rhyming & Stealing, Fight For Your Right, No Sleep Til Brooklyn, Brass Monkey

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Another tough one to rate. While this album doesn't hit the creative highs of later albums or show off the ambition the band is capable of, it is one of their most consistent albums.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

It’s fantastic and I’ve heard it on vinyl (still have an original pressing), tape, CD, and then into high resolution digital audio. It’s garish and fantastic.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

There is not an album that represents my youth more than this one. This came out when I was in middle school, and was on repeat for a very long time. This was the first album where I really started getting into music, and not just listening to what my parents had on the radio. It was, and still is, a perfect listening experience for me.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Ноу слип ту

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Fucking loved it.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

не смогу написать лучше, чем сашун голикова

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

вертушечки, йоу классный альбом, классно погуляла по райончику, почувствовав себя крутым чилипиздриком you gotta fight for your right to party

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

What a blast. So ahead of it’s time. Even if the rhymes are simple, the production just sounds completely unique.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

One of my all time favs although nostalgia certainly plays a huge part in that. Love all the samples and am constantly realizing more and more samples as I learn new music. One of the best debut albums of all time.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Of course, Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication are better rap albums, but this album is still as entertaining as it was in the 80s, with over-the-top lyrics and rap/rock songs that are heavily influenced by Run DMC (which I hope are included in the list as well). Favourite song that even made the Dutch Top 40 at the time: No Sleep Till Brooklyn, a nice Motorhead reference and a Kerry King guitar solo (still expecting a Slayer album from the generator as well..). On a side note: Beasties Boys Book is one of the best books ever on the history of a band.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

I love me some Beastie Boys I'm honestly pretty sick of Fight For Your Right at this point, but its still a fun song. There's a guest guitar solo from Slayer's Kerry King, some sampling of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, amongst others. What's not to like? I was going to give this a 4 because I think they got better after this, but just thinking about how much enjoyment I get out of this album and their career as a whole I'm bumping it to a 5. That funky monkey! RIP MCA

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Yes yes y'all! All timer...

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This was so much of my high school days.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

The genius of the lyrics from the boys and the genius of Rick Rubin’s producing combined to create the perfect storm of Licensed to Ill. When I first heard Fight For Your Right as a kid I thought they were a parody band, out to create music for the laughs, not to be taken seriously, like Weird Al. Now that I’m older and have gotten into them more, I can say with certainty, they are completely serious. Serious about making a mockery of rap and embedding parody into a real and, might I add, truly banger album. And it fucking works. Their parody was so serious their work has helped shape the genre of rap and hip-hop as we know it, and is one of the greatest rap albums of history. Their annoying voices are just part of the fun, and it’s something that would generally hurt any other band, while helping add to the icon-status of the boys. It deserves to be played at full volume and annoy all the neighbors, as they would want. My favorites: Rhymin and Stealin, Girls, Fight for Your Right, She’s Crafty, The New Style, Brass Monkey,

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

A classic. Sure some of the themes haven't aged well and the Beasties have even apologized for them. But what a gem.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Love this album 1 of my all time favorite party albums

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I have enjoyed the musical stylings of Beastie Boys for a long time, but I was not very familiar with this album. As far as the sampling and production, I totally dig it. Many of the raps strike on the side of immature boys, but I reckon that is kind of who they were at the time of this release. I had lots of fun listening today!

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

This album exudes tons of late adolescent male bravado, causing one's inner middle-aged schoolmarm to grimace disapprovingly from time to time. But I suppose that's its clear intention and charm. I sometimes amused myself imagining that it was Lenny and the Squigtones performing at the Pizza Bowl. It definitely seems very tongue-in-cheek sometimes. How could it not with callouts to Abe Vigoda and Phyllis Diller? (But I do kind of wish that "She's Crafty" were more about scrapbooking and macramé.) There is a near-perfect meld in here of hip hop and hard rock that others have tried without such catchy success. Not all the songs have a metal sound, but there is a metal attitude throughout that takes hip hop to a new place. This was a fun journey for the day.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

loved it, drive at the beginning of a verified storm its soo fun to listen like a hypeman for the oncoming shit storm

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

It's amazing how the Beastie Boys managed to encapsulate what being a horny young man is all about into a single album.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Solid

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

:))) ну скажите мне кто не слушал классику как всегда прекрасно даже если настроения нет

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Dope album

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Wow! What an album. 5 off the rip. Beastie and Rubin, GTFOH! T3B 1. No Sleep Till Brooklyn 2. Girls 3. Brass Monkey

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I've heard this a couple a times but can't remember much beyond the singles. This album is dated in 2021, almost sounds like jokey tv ad rap it's that old, but it's still catchy as. Some of the time it sounds like Gilbert Gottfried screaming over samples haha. 4/5.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

3/25 Fun, rowdy and rebellious, had a great walk listening to this. Standout Tracks: Rhymin & Stealin, She's Crafty, Slow Ride, Fight For Your Right, Paul Revere, Slow And Low, TIme To Get Ill

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Mon Oct 26 2020
4

Fun debut album, not beastie's best but the kickstart of what was to come. Iconic.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

8/10 F.t.: fight for your right

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Old hip-hop

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Tue Nov 24 2020
4

Great debut album

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Tue Nov 17 2020
4

Didnt realize how much they sampled.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Classic album. Some great tracks.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Awesome phat old school production but the lyrical content and structure seems very basic and dated now

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

This is somehow even better than I remember. The run from "Slow Ride" to "Slow and Low" is untouchable, and comprises most of the album. Amazing album with only a couple of okay-ish songs and odd production choices.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

definitely a bit dated at this point. Very glad they didn’t call the record “Don’t Be a Faggot”. They keep making high school references despite being in their mid-20s

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Not much to say here - have heard this album a few times. Great tunes. issa classic

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Simple and genre defining. It really captures the feeling of being a teenager. At 35 I have a different view to the music, but it certainly rocks.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Bumpin, fun. Perhaps revolutionary idk

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Not my favorite Beastie Boys album, but still pretty good. Didn't remember them talking

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Chill out Mom, it's just the

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Very fundamental hiphop. Would listen to it again. Overall solid album. Very fun, but not much depth.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Lots of cool samples and bops. This is fun! 3.5

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

false

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Beastie Boys are inseperable from my adolescence. They certainly embody a certain amount of immaturity at this stage in their career, and to some that might be a turn off, but I see it as part of their charm. They're just kids playing around and having fun in the largely unchartered territory of a blossoming new genre in the middle of it's major breakthrough into the mainstream. The main thing is I think they are being true to themselves and who they were at the time. They present a brash, cocky, immature, irresponsible, unrealistic sort of fantasy world projection that sounds fun as hell. It's very clear they're just messing about and making up ridiculous shit to crack each other up. The fun they had making this album is palpable and I find it contagious. I love the Run DMC-like way they finish each other's lines and back each other up for emphasis. They stuck to that technique throughout their career even after it eventually fell out of fashion but I think it speaks to their connection as songwriters, performers, and even as people. You can tell they enjoyed working together and shared a wavelength. Musically I'm a sucker for the 808 sound and I love the dominance of guitar samples that give it that rock punch. Beyond this album I love their wild career trajectory, from their early punk formation, to this album's golden era hip hop sound, to the hyper-collage of Paul's Boutique, to the genre bending albums that came afterwards which I consider their peak. I enjoyed this one but I look forward to hearing more of their albums on this list.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Classic album. From the sampled Misty Mountain Hop all the way through, every song holds some 30 years later. I'm old enough to remember this album coming out and remember how groundbreaking it was, still is. What a contrast to yesterday's Eminem. Such better innovation, edgy lyrics without hate and threats. Thank you, Beasties, for bringing me back to why we love music!!

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

eles tem mt bom gosto

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Sexist as hell but damn good

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

a classic

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

While they are One of my favorite artists and they have a few albums I would give 5 stars this album is just a glimpse of what they could do. The innovation is groundbreaking - led zep riffs over beats with Jewish guys rapping. Absolutely nobody was doing that or had even thoughts of doing it. Handful of tunes are in here that are classics - I love how the sign when you enter we Brooklyn says no sleep til Brooklyn

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Dope

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Last time we got the beastie boys I accidentally reviewed this album instead of ill Communication...Here's that review: Better rock-rap than most nu metal ever was. || Loved listening for the samples! When the levee breaks by Led Zeppelin and (I think) sweet leaf by Black Sabbath on the first track. definitely caught some recognizable riffs on girls and other tracks, but couldn’t name em all. || Fun facts I learned looking this up: this was the first rap album to chart! || Kerry King of Slayer played the riff and solo in No Sleep Til Brooklyn, they met because Rick Rubin was producing Slayers album at the same time! || they also were planning to record a Beatles cover but ran into legal trouble with Michael Jackson - funny this came on our list right after thriller!

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Crazy to think that, in the 1980s, the only way you could get white people to listen to rap was to fill it with Led Zeppelin samples and have the flow come out of the mouths of upper middle class white boys from Long Island. I love the Beastie Boys, especially their hits, but you have to admit that they seem more of a cultural oddity the further away we get from the 20th century. Highlights on the album include the infectious "Girls", the 1-2 punch of "Fight For Your Right" and "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", and the goofy horn riff of "Brass Monkey". "Sabotage" aside, I don't think the Beastie Boys ever got better than this. Well, maybe Hello Nasty is better.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

As a fan of rock, I love old hip hop beats that are centered around guitar and heavy drum samples. The album is fun, aggressive, influential, I love it. It was fun listening to it again.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Brilliant early Beasties, doing one thing but doing it very, very well.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

a classic

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Molt bon àlbum de debut dels Beastie Boys, ple de temazos. He llegit que és un dels àlbums debut més venuts de la història i no m'estranya. Encara que el hip hop no sigui lo meu, les seves cançons tenen molt ganxo, atrapen, i et fan ballar.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

it's alright, better than I expected. I especially liked the zeppelin samples used

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Wed May 26 2021
4

My roommate bought this right after “Fight for Your Right” video started playing on MTV - he was disappointed. I thought it was pretty interesting, liked the party song, and knew these guys were cool because “No Sleep til Brooklyn” title-checked a great Motörhead song. Fun to hear again, and these guys are good rappers who mix in the very good Rock, even if it was “borrowed” from Led Zeppelin et.al.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Classic Beasties. About as good as it gets in that bizarre genre they pretty much created. Fun, energetic, but I think I’ve listened to this album enough over my lifetime to not ever have to again.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

This and Weezer's Blue Album were the soundtrack of my high school experience. 4 stars

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Though the frat boy/punk/misogynist vibes are a bit faux pas and certainly cancelable, this album can’t be denied. This is a really fun album had me singing along, laughing and popping and locking at my desk. 1986, this was early on the scene and still holds up. The flow is solid, samples are dope, classic 808 drum machine stuff. The special Beastie Boy touch seems to be the humor, comedy film criminal personas of the characters abd the stories/world they create through world play, song interludes and gimmicks. Some of the songs are a perfect mix of rock and hip hop often times better the genre it spawned. A lot of credit is due to Rick Rubin for the sound refined in JZ’s 99 problems 15 yrs later. My one critique is that some of the songs are a bit grating and can be annoying, but that’s part of the appeal isn’t it? The audiophile, and whomever told Ashton the Sex Pistols were a boy band and thinks On the Beach is Neal young’s best album, would say Paul’s Boutique is their best album, but I’d say this is close if not better and came 3 yrs earlier. 4 for me, biting at the heels of a 5.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the right to Party.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Music becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new music, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. A-

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Good stuff, I like how they combined their rock with the rap sections.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Geil! Aber auch n bisschen eintönig so den ganzen tag ;)

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Spannend, Mal dass ganze Album zu hören. Nicht alles Sahne, aber schöne Erinnerung and die Ursprünge des Hip Hop

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

I forget how iconic of a party album this is. It was a lot for 8 am.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

ok

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Thu May 13 2021
4

В принципе прокачался. Но только в чём прикол то, собсна. Вот вступительный трек вроде качает. Но что там качает? Рифчанский Тони Айомми из трека Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf. Слушается ли трек Бисти Бойз как оригинальная композиция? А вот хз. Вроде бы да, иной взгляд там, иной жанр. Но каждый из привнесённых элементов ведь не пиздаче рифа позаимствованного. Из-за чего подсознательно воспринимается как нечто-то вторичное. Когда музло своё, то в целом по кайфу. Тут, есессна, мой фаворит - No Sleep Till Brooklyn, гитархирная музыка детства. Слайеровский Керри Кинг тащит. Но трек, оказывается, был аж 6-м синглом с альбома. Выйдя опосля Brass Monkey, который вообще какой-то раздражающий шлак. Hold It Now, Hit It, оказывается, кем-то назван 27-м по пиздатости треком в хип-хопе. Имхо дженерик ранний хип-хоп, скушный в своём однообразии. Girls забавная, но как бы даже не хип-хоп. В прочем, к месту, так что тут плюс скорее. Fight for Your Right тоже балдёж, но я так и не выкупил, кто там гитарами командует, ни на ру-вики, ни на ен-вики нема. В целом, цэ - музло, которое я готов принимать. Меньше бы дженерик раннего хип-хопа, так вообще золото бы вышло. А будь Керри Кинг постоянным гитаристом - так вообще платина, но цэ уж совсем маня-фантазии.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

ситуация почти один в один как с ас/дс. По серьёзному если смотреть — ну кал какой-то однообразный, флоу вообще одинаковый во всех песнях, один-два гитарных аккорда и монотонные драмы. Плюс ещё кринжатура какая-то в виде песен Slow Ride, Girls и Brass Monkey. Да и текста, будем честны, состарились не слишком хорошо. Но бля. Какая же энергия балдежная от них. Орущие ебланы, которые должны раздражать (и время от времени раздражают) иногда дарят такой мощный заряд энергии. Ну и сэмплы почетные достаточно проскакивают. В целом Бисти Бойз альбомами слушать — ну такое, но по главным хитам пройтись вполне можно. Печально только, что закос еминема под них в 2013 звучит на голову выше, целостнее и разнообразнее всего, что представлено на данном альбоме. Но ладн, раз ас/дс четверку въебал, то и здесь придется, 7/10

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

feels cool but like a lot of songs sound the same

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Really cool. Loved this.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Although I'm well acquainted with their hits I never really gave the Beastie Boys a proper listen, but this is a solid '80s rap album. 8.3/10 Best Tracks: "Fight For Your Right" "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"

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Mon May 10 2021
4

a classic. didn't even have to listen to it again to know that since i've already listened to it so many times

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Fri May 14 2021
4

A lot of yelling

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Het was wel oke, maar er zijn beter Beastie Boys albums met creatievere composities.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

love it end to end but just a little more variation would push it to a 5

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Absolute banger of an album. Second Beastie Boys album I’ve had as part of the 1001 albums list, and neither has disappointed. These dudes kill.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

I feel conflicted about this, there are parts I love and parts I hate but overall I’m left with ENERGY so I’m leaning positive

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

PUM!! golpe de nostalgia contundente.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Kinda slaps

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Surprising amount of zep samples.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

pretty darn good. a weird amount of the best songs come in the second half but tbh this album was better than I expected

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

One of them is essential!

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Richtig gut!

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

way ahead of its time, cool to hear modern music that has been sampled/interpolated from this album when listening.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

It's hip-hop for normal people. Nice combination of styles.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Classic album, great excuse to listen to it on repeat when my patients didn’t attend clinic.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Lyricism was not the strongest point of the album - the early fusion of rock and rap, paired with the fresh production, is. At some point I stopped paying attention to the words as much because they were quite repetitive, but other than that, a solid offering to the list.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Love this album. Still blows my mind that this was their full length debut. From hardcore to incredibly polished hip hop. (You can credit Rick Rubin for that) Still a great album but there’s definitely some filler that doesn’t do it for me. A common issue with Beasties for me. The bangers outweigh the filler though Fave tracks: “Girls” “Paul Revere” “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

It is awesome even if they are embarrassed a little about it now Rapping over ac/dc is genius

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

The fact that \"I'll steal your honey like I stole your bike\" is by the Beastie Boys and not from LFO's Summer Girls is worth four stars alone.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Great album. Slow ride, fight for your right, no sleep till Brooklyn. Ahead of it's time.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

4/5. Didn't enjoy and couldn't find replayability in 2 songs, but all of the rest is really good .

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

A genuine classic. The Beastie Boys have and always will hold a special place in my heart.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

I love the Beastie Boys but this is not the album I most frequently turn to. The rock sample / rap innovation is brought to brilliant effect on No Sleep Til Brooklyn, Rhymin’ and Stealin’ and She’s Crafty and there’s plenty of fun wordplay throughout, but the frat boy side of their personality is played out over a whole album’s worth and the Beasties don’t hit their artistic stride until Paul’s Boutique onwards. Nevertheless, a pivotal and critical album in rap history.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

One of their favorite albums for me. This is another that I don't think I'd listened to all the way through, but the whole thing is pretty great. Solid 4 stars.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Great album. 4/5. Standouts: No Sleep till Brooklyn, Fight For Your Right, Brass Monkey, Girls, Rhymin & Stealin', Hold it Now, Hit it, She's Crafty, Paul Revere.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Ah, the comedy/bro-hip hop genre hits my inbox, and I don't mind it to be honest (love a bit of Pharcyde). It was different for the time & catchy, but let's not forget the band wanted the album to be called "Don't Be a Faggot"

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Yep, a classic!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

This was a pretty fun album. The use of samples was interesting and I generally enjoy the Beastie Boys’ style of hip hop. The only downside to this album was some of the lyrics that felt like forced rhymes and the delivery itself which is dated.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

It hurts to give this 4 stars instead of 5 but I've got to be consistent and this thing is hella dated. Don't get me wrong, I love it. It's jam after jam and it's a hell of a lot of fun. But... well, "Girls" exists.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Nice album avec devrai clasque. J’ai irn aimeet ca a beaucoup de punch. 4.85

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Irreverent, funny and the beginning of what would become a brilliant career. 4 stars

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

You gotta fight! For your right! To put out a medium to good aaaaaalbum!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Wtf were Run DMC doing in 84 if the Beastie Boys could release something of this incredible calibre only 2 years later. What an album.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Amazing debut album from Beastie Boys. Not my favorite from them, but I can't deny that this one is a classic and a must-listen. I love the samples used on this record, specially the "Low Rider" one used in Slow Ride (fun as hell). Favorite tracks: * Rhymin & Stealin * Fight For Your Right * No Sleep Till Brooklyn

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

This is the Beasties at their rawest and rudest. The contrast between this, their worst record, and Paul's Boutique, their next and best offering, is staggering. Still a lot of fun. Best track: Brass Monkey

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

super solid quintessential 90s hip hop.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

kinda era defining - rapping is a bit dated but still love the rubin production

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

The solid force of metal. The raw energy of punk. The fiery vigor of hard rock. And the angsty fuel of hip-hop. All combined in one punch.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Nicht ganz so gut gealtert. Hat aber immer noch ziemlich gute Beats und die Stimmen sind auch noch cool. Außerdem ein paar richtig gute Tracks. Würde am liebsten 3.7 oder sowas geben, runde aber auf.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

I do prefer the later Beasties, but there’s a definite charm to Rick Rubin’s early production, and how flagrant the use of samples were. Imagine a rap album putting this much Zeppelin on today! So much has been said about the Beasties and this LP, and I can’t ignore the faults and the context. But it’s a classic for a reason, and a perfect album to blast in the middle of a traffic jam. B

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Such a fun record. It's impossible not to get pumped by their signature sassy yelling, and the lyrics are just the right amount of stupid and tongue-in-cheek. Has that nostalgic 80's hip hop flair and some pretty iconic sampling. Just a great mix of rock and rap that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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