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Check Your Head [Explicit Lyrics]

Beastie Boys Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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1. Jimmy James
2. Funky Boss
3. Pass The Mic
4. Gratitude
5. Lighten Up
6. Finger Lickin' Good
7. So What'Cha Want
8. The Biz Vs. The Nuge
9. Time For Livin'
10. Something's Got To Give
11. The Blue Nun
12. Stand Together
13. Pow (Instrumental)
14. The Maestro
15. Groove Holmes (Instrumental)
16. Live At P.J.'s
17. Mark On The Bus
18. Professor Booty
19. In 3's (Instrumental)
20. Namaste

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With their third album, the Beasties transformed themselves from smart-ass punks with hip-hop tones into a playful live funk band with some solid rhymes, assisted by the extraordinary keyboardist "Money" Mark Ramos Nishita. A couple of tracks look back to their old school rap roots, and they still deploy goofy samples like nobody's business, but they're mostly making their own grooves (including some instrumentals worthy of being sampled in their own right). Their universalist world-view results in some excellent, off-the-wall fusions--the metalloid bump that forms the funk pulse of "So What'cha Want", Sly Stone's "Time for Livin'" transformed into a hard-rock bomber--but the Beasties don't have to prove how clever they are any more, and they're stronger and more humane for it. --Douglas Wolk

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1 x CD Album, Repress

1Jimmy James3:14
2Funky Boss1:35
3Pass The Mic4:17
5Lighten Up2:41
6Finger Lickin' Good3:39
7So What'cha Want3:37
8The Biz Vs. The Nuge0:33
9Time For Livin'1:48
10Something's Got To Give3:28
11The Blue Nun0:32
12Stand Together2:47
14The Maestro2:52
15Groove Holmes2:33
16Live At P.J.'s3:18
17Mark On The Bus1:05
18Professor Booty4:13
19In 3's2:23

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hat trick! May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first three Beastie Boys CDs were solid masterpieces. I can't decide which of the three is the best--LICENSED TO ILL, PAUL'S BOUTIQUE or, this, CHECK YOUR HEAD. Does it really matter? They're all marvels of funk, rock, and hiphop. What set this CD apart were the jazzy sections, played by the boys themselves (with some critical help on keyboards). For more than a decade, this CD has earned a permanent spot on my tray, and has quite easily held its place on my "What ten albums would I want if I were stuck on an island (preferrably Manhattan island)?" list.
My personal favorites are "So What'chu Want?", "Pass the Mic" and "Something's Got to Give". One of the shining moments to me, as for several other reviewers, is hearing Dylan's voice singing "I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough" on "Finger-Licking Good". Which brings me to one other observation: The Beastie Boys are to New York as The Beach Boys were to California. CHECK YOUR HEAD, like all other Beastie CDs, is a tribute to their hometown, and they projected an image of it that is uniquely theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy bacon leaf... March 13 2004
By Emmalee
Format:Audio CD
Though I hate to make this official (because I am no masochist) I may have to proclaim this my favourite Beastie Boys album. Don't get me wrong; Paul's Boutique was good, but a little too profane, you know? I mean, I'm not really into screwing women so that might have something to do with it. Check Your Head, however, is just... Oh man. It is amazing. I'm not into the activist, "oh, man, peace is great and I'm sure one day it will happen because it isn't impossible or anything so let's write 23 songs about it" tracks but in judging the whole album...
I would be lying if I said I wasn't blown away. The Beastie Boys stunned me with just the right amount of sampling, droll verses, and innovative, addictive beats. I got the album over a month ago and it has not yet come out of CD rotation. It is incredible. I love it. Did I mention it's amazing?
"Pass The Mic"? Great. A perfect equilibrium of Beastie goodness.
"Gratitude" (oh man, "Gratitude"!) and "Finger Lickin' Good" are songs that just don't leave your head.
Who couldn't eventually find himself mumbling the lyrics to "What'cha Want"?
And only someone without a soul would be opposed to "The Maestro" or "Live At P.J.'s".
"Mark On The Bus" should please everyone who doesn't like rap, as should "Namasté".
Might I add that "Professor Booty" is really cool?
I didn't even mention everything.
The Beastie Boys had then created a beautiful, flawlessly balanced, and melodious way to coalesce their tastes into one album.
It makes me want to eat yogurt and hop on two or more feet while reading Douglas Adams books and murdering geometric equations.
I love this album.
It will make you a cooler person.
Listen to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When they were good... Feb. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Now that the Beastie Boys are a trio of aging activists, it's time to look back at their career in a retrospective manner. Check Your Head is easily their most diverse and accessible album. One song that stands out as an example to their multiple talents is Gratitude. It's a catchy, funky little rock song with a punk attitude, and it has about as much to do with rap as my grandmother. The first time I heard this album in completion, I was trying to guess what kind of music the next song would be. I was wrong half of the time. There's even some old school hardcore punk from the Boys' earlier days. It took a long for something to replace this album in my stereo. I was addicted to the bumping guitar chunk of "So Watcha' Want?", the mixed bag of bass lines on "Pass The Mic", and Adrock's rhymes on "The Maestro". Sad to say, we may never see these days again. The Beastie's are out there playing the political game now, forgetting that there are lots of fans over here that remember the days when they could make you "Shake Your Rump". I heard about their new album coming out, and honestly, I don't even want to hear it. I'd rather have them be remembered for this masterpiece instead of some anti-Bush soapbox album. Check Your Head will never be regarded as one of the top Hip Hop albums of all time, but it should definitely be known as one of the top albums of all time period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Collection July 4 2004
By ryan
Format:Audio CD
"Check Your Head" by the Beastie Boys is their 3rd full length LP, released in '92. Songs like "Jimmy James" "Pass the Mic" "Gratitude" and "So What'cha Want" really make this album stand out. The rhyming is good, the beats are catchy, and when they play their own instruments, King Ad Rock, Mike D and MCA play them well. The song "Gratitude" is possibly the best song lyrically on this album as well as a funky bassline and powerful guitar chords and words from Ad Rock. A very good song, a very good album. Pick this one up, you won't be let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uh-mazing! June 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. Seriously, it has it all: some great funk, heavy bass, a little bit of hardcore, mixin' it up with distorted vocals, great instrumentals, well I could just go on for forever really. Paul's Boutique showcased the boys range in the field of hip hop (Said range being off the charts and unparalleled.), while Check Your Head is a great (if scaled down) blend of that amazing range, their own prowess with instruments and some pulsating funk. LOVE. IT. Also, there is an emergence of a social conscience via MCA that becomes more prevalent as time goes by.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Licensed To ILL is better
I had purchased the Licensed To ILL album and I was so impressed that I decided to buy this album as well. The music in this album is not the best. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2012 by Bruiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Head from Japan!
As good as the one you can get downtown for ten dollars!
Published on Sept. 12 2004 by "beta_ep"
4.0 out of 5 stars Defector.....
Am I a defector if I like "Ill Communication" better?! But I know that "Check Your Head" is still essential to the BB oeuvre! Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by J. J. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Rap music....
A decidedly Lo-fi approach to production on this album with a retreat to the '3 MC's & one DJ' ethos of yesteryear (To be later again resurrected on the "Three MC's and One DJ"... Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by fetish_2000
5.0 out of 5 stars "it does go well with the chicken..."
what an album! I have never heard anything so experimental sound so good. Funky beats, weird samples, funny lyrics. This album will NEVER fail to get you in the mood..
Published on Nov. 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beasties are the Best
I have been listening more and more to the old school Beastie Boys lately. There first 3 albums are all great, but I really like this one. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by "kdogg13"
3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest Beastie Boys CD
Definitely not their best. The first 7 tracks are pretty good, but it flounders for the rest of the way. Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by saxmaster3
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Beastie Boys' best
This is one of my favorite Beastie Boys CDs. It has good songs and instrumentals. If you're a fan buy this, Hello Nasty, Ill Communication and the Criterion Collection Beastie Boys... Read more
Published on March 30 2002
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