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Licensed To Ill

Beastie Boys

1986

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It's the fuckin' Beastie Boys, man!

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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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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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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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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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The album that started it all, absolute classic

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Dope

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BouBou kiss kiss

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Classic

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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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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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Outstanding and Ground Breaking!

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Time to get ILL

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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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love love love

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Classic. Love it. Never gets old.

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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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Nett

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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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yas! Zepppppp drums to start. love this album

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No brainier.

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5

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

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

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

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5

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

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

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Fuck yessss

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

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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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Sweet, wicked rhymes

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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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berry good

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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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Classic. Know it well. Love it.

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Awesome

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Epic

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Cómo no.

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Can't decide between this or Paul's Boutique

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Simply awesome. This is a must listen.

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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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Iconic album. Beastie boys are goats

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Love it.

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Very good

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Run DMC hires the singer from RATM

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Classic rap album

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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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Loved it! Exactly what you expect but great nonetheless.

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Rulez

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So good. Total perfection!

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Classic

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

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Super fun, always a pleasure to bop to.

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

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Old hip-hop

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Great debut album

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Didnt realize how much they sampled.

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Classic album. Some great tracks.

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

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

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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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Bumpin, fun. Perhaps revolutionary idk

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

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Chill out Mom, it's just the

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

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

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false

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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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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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eles tem mt bom gosto

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Sexist as hell but damn good

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a classic

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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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Dope

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

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a classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ok

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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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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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feels cool but like a lot of songs sound the same

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Really cool. Loved this.

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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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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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A lot of yelling

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

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

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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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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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4

PUM!! golpe de nostalgia contundente.

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4

Kinda slaps

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4

Surprising amount of zep samples.

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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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4

One of them is essential!

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Richtig gut!

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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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4

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

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

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

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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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loved their song I want it that way 😀

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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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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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Yep, a classic!

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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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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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old school rap (probably one of the foundation), not my genre (even the modern ones) but i recognize why people would like this wait wait wait I actually ended up saving 3 songs, i like them a lot. I dunno why Slow Ride's intro sounds so familiar im sure ive heard it somewhere

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1986. Key Songs: No Sleep till Brooklyn, Fight For Your Right, Girls

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I'm glad this wasn't my introduction-in-a-record to the group, thanks to Ill Communication getting generated first. Reading about the album's context helps me understand the relative simplicity of the debut, but without the color grading of nostalgia, the flows, rhyme schemes, and most of all the screaming are a bit... harsh. Funny enough, the humor, which usually rubs me the wrong way, doesn't come across badly here. I understand why this is a classic and think I get the hype for the Beastie Boys more generally, but when they start to play around with form more the difference is night and day. See: the samples in the closing track. Brilliant breaths of fresh air, a bit too late.

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classic but prefer later work.

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Ikke min kop te. Lidt for diskant, og enslydende

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No es lo mío

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A lot of their hits but most songs sounded the same to me

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Tasapaksumpaa kamaa kuin muut kuuntelemani Beastie Boysin levyt. Omituinen sekoilu on ehkä hieman vähäisempää, mutta myös parhaat biisit eivät ole ihan samalla tasolla kuin myöhemmässä tuotannossa. Ihan hyvä levy, mutta ei tätä tarvi varmaan uudestaan kuunteluun ottaa.

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My favorite part was how they mentioned White Castle in like half their songs

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Good album, really picks up steam in the 2nd half

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I know it's all supposed to be lighthearted and silly rap, but it doesn't do much for me. It all feels juvenile but... at this point in my life I am not the target demographic for this. Even in middle school I didn't care about Beastie Boys though. I'm sure the legacy of this is probably 4-5 stars but for me it's only 3*.

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Algum tem algumas músicas que tu nem percebe a transição.

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this album is hilarious. fight for your right, brass monkey, slow and low, no sleep till brooklyn, rhymin and stealin

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Its fine, i can tell why this was popular. I used to love the beastie boys but no songs from this album. Lots of energy. Didnt age super well

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Have heard that this album is so well liked by so many different types of people. I don't really see the greatness in this, but do find some of it catchy and a lot of it amuses me. I think these guys have a good sense of humor and it comes through in the music. The samplings of different things in songs are like Easter Eggs that make it more fun to listen to.

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Fun, party hip-hop. Hasn't aged particularly well.

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Pretty cool album. 6/10 1. Rhymin' & Stealin' 2. Fight For Your Right 3. The New Style

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Not bad, but not a style I particularly care for outside of its comedic use (e.g. The Lonely Island).

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Jeg skjønner ikke helt om det er tull og jeg er uansett ikke med på spøken.

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Very powerful, but not my cup of tea. It is an icon though

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Hip-hop. Un poco rollo.

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false

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"Hold It Now, Hit It" Released: April 15, 1986 "Paul Revere" Released: August 13, 1986 "The New Style" Released: November 6, 1986 "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" Released: December 1986[4] "Brass Monkey" Released: January 5, 1987 "No Sleep till Brooklyn" Released: March 1, 1987 "Girls" Released: May 6, 1987

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Lovely!

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No está mal, pero no es mi rollo.

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6

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nlc

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Preferred 5ive's version

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Bon son pour Peter des gueules ! Un peu de mal avec la voix !

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Not a bad debut, some duffers on here (looking at you Brass Monkey and Girls) but overall decent.

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Tämä ei ollut ihan niin sekava pläjäys kuin aiemmin arvosteltu Beastie Boysin Ill Communication. Tällä levyllä oli myös muutama tuttu hittibiisi, mutta ei tämä siltikään noussut enemmän kuin kolmen tähden arvoiseksi. Huuto- ja lällättelyräppiä ei oikein jaksa määräänsä enempää, varsinkaan kädenlämpöisiä biisejä.

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Fun listen, a bit more interesting than the other albums so far.

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Whew. I mean, it was a classic album alright. Similar to lauper, but obviously more streamlined and connected, the flow was great and the style was cool. A few parts felt cheap but. .. seems like the point. I mean, you wouldn't call hollywood undead stupid right? Cause thats part of the point. So .... i mean it gets a 3 for sure. wasn't amazing, wasn't super good, but wasn't bad. obviously the lyrical content is another thing. I won't go into that mess.

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Some filler but still a cracking album in parts - no sleep Til Brooklyn rocks

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prefer their later stuff

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Listened to it in bed, decent, but wouldnt buy

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You like men and we like beers... Yeah... Okay, 2-3 hits, kick it, you gotta fight for your right to hit the Kuhglocke. Am Stück ist es mir zu anstrengend, für zwei, drei Lieder 90s-feelig gern.

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There is do denying that this is an incredibly fun record. However, this much beastie boys in one sitting can get very grating, very fast. best enjoyed in smaller doses, for me.

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So hard to rate. Some songs are classics, and some are absolute shite, but still somehow classics (e.g: Girls). And the black cultural appropriation is embarrassing (he says 'Aks' instead of 'Ask'). But then Fight For Your Right is such a classic, fuses punk with a more hip-hop style. Overall, as a whole album, pretty bang average, in fact not even that great. And yet because it has some classic tracks it has to get at least a 3.

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The rock aspect and production are great but the lyrical content and structure feels juvenile.

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While this contains a significant number of Beastie Boys greatest, I found it challenging to get through—much as I did when it came out. Unlike many artists who seem to lose their spark as they age, Beastie Boys actually improved over the arc of their career.

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The trios ability to play off of each other’s rhyming and whatnot was awesome to finally sit down and listen to carefully over the length of the album rather than just listening to the more popular songs and seeing how it all works cohesively.

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Some good classic tracks like fight for your right, many songs sound like the beat was made by a primary school child in music class through. Bit like a low rate white version of NWA

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Is this good, or is it just nostalgia.

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I'm conflicted about this. Songs like Fight for Your Right and Brass Monkey are iconic and entertaining, but all of the rest sounds...the same. Same beats. Same flow. Plus two of the three Boys sound like Rick and Morty characters, which is not a good thing.

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Not my thing, all seemed repetitive beats and similar rhymes, couple of songs i thought where clever like the girls song

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I grew up listening to the beastie boys so it’s nostalgic for me, but other than the hits this album is pretty underwhelming.

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I mostly know later Beastie stuff, so some of this sounded pretty raw. The rhyming schemes are great but lyrics are dated. You can see the budding genius though.

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Schon besonders aber halt beastie und nicht Beauty

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

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I dig the humour that runs through the Beastie Boys' music, and there's plenty on display on this album, but the one-trick-pony nasal obnoxious delivery of these white boys does a number on my ears after an album worth. Glad to have ridden the train all the way but I won't be visiting this place again. (Though I may occasionally visit Fight for Your Right, as it's a perfect meld of their various styles).

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So different

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Like this more and more, the samples are truly amazing, and the lyrics are so honest. Young adults wanting what they really want.

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Didn't like it. not really my thing.

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Still good fun!

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Great to hear the classics in context on this one. Suffers from the usual BB drawbacks (vocals on top of each other in the mix especially) but the production and guitar here still make for an entertaining LP

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My first rap album. As a pre teen white kid from rural UK this was a non confrontational way to get into hip-hop/rap whatever we called it back then. I don't think I knew it was unusual for 3 white kids to produce this as it shouldn't be but certainly made them stand out at the time. I only got the here the radio hits back in the day and took me to me students years a decade or so after to enjoy the full album. Not a favourite but a fond memory nether the less. 3/5

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Quite listenable, I like it. And I recognized some samples and songs, which was also nice

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Hot beats and casual misogyny. It's enjoyable but there is definite cringe

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Very samey sound to all of the songs. Some diddly lyrics. Good in small doses.

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Still wouldn't say I am a BB convert, my natural aversion to hip hop prevents me, but I enjoyed this FAR more than I thought I was going to. Can see how it has been so influential.

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I still struggle with this one. If this is the “proper” Beastie Boys, then I am obviously not the fan I thought I was.

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ill🤒est

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I have mixed feelings about Beastie Boys, because I find them both enjoyable and annoying at the same time. What I enjoy the most is the production value. The vocals can sometimes get irritating, but it's part of what separates them from the rest. The combination of energetic vocals, rock samples, and punk ethos all blend together in a perfect way that only the Beastie Boys could accomplish. Strangely, I found myself enjoying the deep cuts more than the hit singles. Not sure if that's due to hearing them so much, but they are some of the weaker tracks for me. Overall, it's mostly enjoyable, but a little goes a long way.

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Beastie boys are like a cooler micheal scott got drunk and decided to rap Best song: no sleep till brooklyn Worst song: brass monkey ffs Honorable mention : low and slow

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Fun! Not really my kinda music, don't get most of the references and don't gel with this style of hip hop, but I appreciate that there are some true classics/bangers in this album. Not a huge fan of the shouty-ness of it all. With the exception of one or two songs (fight for your right, hold it now hit it), I probably won't listen to it again but that's got more to do with my personal preference. Can see why this is on the list given it's "cultural" significance and pioneering style.

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Have genuinely never listened to this record. So, here we go... Man, that drum sound is H-U-G-E! Guitar tone is pretty killer too. I love how the Beastie Boys (and rap from this era, in general) always seems like such a team effort. Especially with the Beastie Boys. They always know when to underscore a punch line by screaming the lyric in unison. All that said, I just don't really care. I wasn't there and I feel like you had to be there. Or, at least, you really aren't in a position to "get there" when you're a 39-year-old dude from Grosse Pointe.

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Very similar to Run DMC. Some good songs and it's nice to have something different but gets very samey.

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lyrically interesting, with a good flow its odd you dont hear them much anymore

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Not impressed, interesting but something missing.. sounds "too frivolous"

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Not a big fan, very shouty. 'Girls' was kinda catchy. 'Fight for you but right to party' was famous, and 'the new style' had some cool record scratching.

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Rock, Something different than what I usually listen to.

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Screamy white rap from 80's/90's is definitelly not my style but the album as a whole was not bad. Highlights: No Sleep Till Brooklyn and Fight For Your Right.

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I enjoy the Beastie Boys every once in a while and in small doses, but listening to each of these songs one after another made me focus on how silly and stupid their schtick is. The sampling is spot on though.

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Hip hop. Coñazo menos un par.

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Zezwolenie na bycie chorym, to jeden z pionierskich albumow w historii hip hopu, bo jest to jeden z pierwszych komercyjnie sprzedanych blendow rocka i rapu, a to wszystko sprzedaneLicensed To nie przez kogo innego, a zydowska bande, w tamtych czasach praktycznie dzieciakow, za ktorych produkcja i uwazam takze za sukcesem stal legendarny dzis stary brodaty dziad hip hopowo metalowy, czyli rick rubin, ko founder def dzemiku i tworca nie tylko legendarnych trakow czy plyt, ale calych kaier artystycznych, nie bylo to moje pierwsze podejscie do ilowania, ale pierwsze udane sukcesem, czy przesluchane do konca, nie wiem czy to bardziej niepowodzenia czy tez same dzisiejsze sluchowisko, ale ciezko mi ocenic ten album jako plyte z gatunku rapowego, bo rymy i kontent liryczny, no i jego delivery jest jak przystalo na bialych zydowskich nastolatkow, korny joki wydlaszane przed mutacyjnymi glosami, a w glowie masz projekt lustrzany rubina, czyli run dmc, o ile plynniejsze sa rymy jak na album wydany w tym samym roku, oceniac tego jako album rockowy takze sie nie da, bo jednak sa to beaty tworzone na samplach, glownie metalowych, a sam album jest zrodlem sampli na kawalkow z lat 90, ze doslownie co drugi trak masz uczucie, ze slyszales to juz gdzies lepiej uzyte, moze nawet reuzyte przez samego rubina, bo jednak spora dyskografia, chociaz goscinnie wystepuje Kingu ze slayera na traku paul revere, to jednak ciezko tu mowic o rap rocku, bez zywych instrumentali, chyba ze potraktowac cymbaly na bicie jako instrumentale, jak dla mnie album strasznie kiepsko sie zestarzal rownajac do innych rubinowych produkcji, wspominianych dmcow czy llowego kolowego J, ale jednak jest to jeden z tych klasycznych materialow ktore zmienily kierunek rozwoju murzynskiej muzyki, ale czy w dobrym kierunku na to juz ciezko jednoznaczenie odpowiedziec, na plejaka wrzuce traka fight for your right, do imprezowania, zeby jakis znak pozostal po plycie na listach, ale samemu raczej bym juz sobie drugi raz nie puscil calosci

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not a fan

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This hasn’t aged well, got quite annoying after a while.

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The progenitors of frat rap, however, I try my best not to hold that against them. Undeniably catchy, but utterly uninteresting to me. "Brass Monkey" makes my ears itch in the worst of possible ways, and I have never liked "Fight For Your Right". However, I do like "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and I think the two album closers are interesting songs (definitely the most interesting on the album).

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Not a fan. Too shouty for me. Had to turn it off.

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Extremely dated both thematically and from a production perspective. Doesn't hold up. 2/5

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"Fight for your Right" ist das Highlight, der Rest hört sich relativ gleich an mit kleinen Ausreißern auch innerhalb der Songs. Beim "Nebenbei"-Hören lässt sich oft gar nicht sagen, ob es schon der nächste Song ist, alles eins.

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Nothing engaging or endearing whatsoever

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ну такое никогда особо не выкупал несмотря на крики восторга

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couple bangers, didn't know fight for your right was on this one

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Lots of yelling over samples. This hasn't aged well at all.

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bad

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shouting the album

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This album sounds like an SNL skit. Or SNL skits sound like this album? Nevertheless it’s exactly the kind of rock rap album I would expect from a couple white dudes

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Never had listened to the Beastie Boys although I've heard Fight for Your Right to Party and snippets of some of the rest. Couldn't work the whole way through as it became less and less unique and more and more flavorless...

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2/5 stars

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Riktigt rövig hiphop

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among us

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Not my cup of tea. Guys need to chill a bit.

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Groundbreaking back in the day and set a format very obviously copied by Run DMC, to greater effect. White middle class kids trying too hard to be from the 'hood. Notable for sampling and at least they had the taste to steal from Led Zep. But it's still tap and I hate it.

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More tolerable than Ill Communication. I could understand them better and the vibe wasn't too bad.

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Can see why this is on the list due to its impact and influence, but not for me, think it sounds really dated now. Not an album I’d choose to listen to again.

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I give this a 1.5. I know this is a classic in the rap genre, but I just don't like it. I'm marking it with 2 stars instead of 1 because it's not *that* bad, but it's just not for me.

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Meh. I don't "get" Beastie Boys. I did listen and it was slightly better than expected. But ultimately it comes off sounding like a parody record not unlike weird AL Yankovic. 2.5 🌟

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not the vibe

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"Frat boy" is an over used and (probably) unfair pejorative often used to describe early Beastie Boys. Nonetheless: I still think, many years on, that this album cleaves closer to the philosophy of performed hip hop than to the organic spirit of the genre. I guess someone coming in cold to their oeuvre (unlikely, but bear with me) today might find some retro appeal to production techniques etc, but not much else. Or maybe I'm wrong.

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I listened to some of this album. It was identifiably the Beatie Boys but I’m not sure I’d need to listen to anymore because it starts to sound the same. 2*

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Did not like this at all, no melodies, all just yelling, not my cup of tea at all

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Not for me

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Blehh

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Nope.

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Niet m'n style, kan het wel waarderen voor wat het is

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Bis auf Fight for your right unhörbar

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This just isn't my genre and there's nothing here to change my mind. This album consists of little but stolen beats, juvenile attitudes and nasal whining. There are a couple of BB songs that I like, but not on this album.

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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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I’m double vaxxed against it.

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I mean I want to like it. I just don't. Actual trash actually. They ate the two genres of rap and rock and shat out this album. It's so weirdly uncreative.

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.... Are all of these songs about how much sex they are having? This could not be less interesting or fun to listen to.

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The word that came to mind as I listened to this album was "juvenile". Which, yes, is an oversimplification; but the mental image I was left with was of a group of kids who broke into a studio at night and made it to the recording booth—which they never expected to pull off, and thus didn't have a plan when they actually made it that far. Maybe this would have landed if I'd heard it when I was 14 or so, but that only furthers my point. Now, some people will be quick to point out that the tone was intended to be farcical or done as parody; but comedy as an art form can be hit-and-miss, and it ages very quickly—parody doubly so. In the end, any brilliance in the mashup of genres or talent in sampling is vastly overshadowed by unimpressive-at-best lyrics that grow grating through the constant shouting.

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Really?

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The whole album is kind of corny. There's a real proto-rap feel to it that I don't like. Compared to more contemporary music, it has a stale, repetitive sound. Words words words words words WORDS WORDS for each bar.

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More musical than I expected.. Just too US shout.

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Some of their later stuff is a bit more interesting to me, but this album, not so much. I get the schtick: party boys gone wild and all that, kind of mocking themselves, or whatnot. I found it either innocuous or boring most of the way through. Maybe if I had listened to them when this debuted, which was during my early college years (heaviest partying time of my life), I'd enjoy the nostalgia, but I missed them when they first emerged -- only song I ever heard back then was Fight For Your Right To Party, and that annoyed me back then -- so there's not the same connection I might have with other music of the mid-80s.

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I don't know why this album was included over other Beastie Boys albums. Not their best in my opinion.

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não é meu estilo...

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NO SLEEP TIL... BROOKLYN

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