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Licensed to Ill

Licensed to Ill

by Beastie Boys Beastie Boys


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Who woulda thunk it? More than a decade after its release, this detention-hall classic remains a must-have among college freshmen everywhere. The Led Zep samples. The jerky postures. The joiky boy accents. If you couldn't get with this record you might as well have been bumpin' Dan Fogelberg. Taking radical black music to a white, suburban audience with rock-rap jams that righteously blew wind in the face of everything Reagan America stood for, Mike D, Ad Rock, and MCA -- three middle-class kids with punk rock backgrounds -- were the most exciting rock 'n' rollers of the '80s. But what's amazing about this 1987 classic at the end of the '90s is how fresh it still sounds. Master P ripped off his whole shtick from the moanin' chorus on "The New Style," and rock 'n' techno stars like the Chemical Brothers owe a huge debt to funky blowouts like "Rhymin' & Stealin'." LICENSED TO ILL was the bastard spawn of the Rolling Stones and Run-DMC, and it changed the face of pop music forever. Master P should be so lucky.

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Release Date: 03/28/1995
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0731452735126
catalogNumber: 527351
Rank: 214


  1. Rhymin' and Stealin'
  2. The New Style
  3. She's Crafty
  4. Posse In Effect
  5. Slow Ride
  6. Girls
  7. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
  8. No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  9. Paul Revere
  10. Hold It Now, Hit It
  11. Brass Monkey
  12. Slow and Low
  13. Time to Get Ill

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