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Licensed To Ill


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  • Audio CD (July 5 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024JN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rhymin & Stealin
2. The New Style
3. She's Crafty
4. Posse In Effect
5. Slow Ride
6. Girls
7. Fight For Your Right
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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By Rhea Darch on Dec 20 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Do I really need to write a review for this album?
It's amazing... of course.
Are you doubting it? Why are you reading this?
Get it. Now.
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its awsome like (fight for your right) but just a few sucked but i did not hate the fact i bought it i love it still i think its a good product here at amazon so i recomend it to all of you
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By A Customer on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
No one expected the Beastie Boys to last as long as they have, and that is part of this album's appeal. Who would have thought way back in 1986 that these white boys who practically yelled and screamed over tracks that masterfully blended rock and rap would still be topping the charts nearly 20 years later?
The then-novel concept of rock-rap is courtesy of the genius of producer Rick Rubin. He really knows how to craft a song full of hooks. The beats on this album are so massive they practically burst out of your stereo. Every song has a hook that digs itself into your brain and stays put. The best example of this would be "Paul Revere", an undeniably entertaining and catchy classic.
This wouldn't be much of an album though if it was only a producer who makes it worth listening to. Mike D., Adrock, and MCA have a great chemistry and work very well together. They are so confident and playful it's impossible not to have as good a time as they're having. They even know how to pull off the silliest of rhymes (check out "Girls" for proof).
This is a fantastic album. I just got it last week and I have been listening to it over and over ever since. If you are a fan of good, dumb fun, then I highly recommend this CD. Sure, it may appear to be a lot of screaming and yelling, but why complain when it's done so well? There are so many good songs here, including the big hit "Fight For Your Right" (which has held up very well over the years). I give this album my highest recommendation.
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By A Customer on June 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
People like to complain about this album: it's stupid, it's immature, it's sexist, blah, blah, blah. Well of course it is. It's supposed to be. And it succeeds spectacularly! Have a sense of humor people. Okay, on to the album itself: a fantastic blend of rock and rap (Thank you Rick Rubin, for such a concept!), with the perfect trio of smart ass punks, ya know the ones who came close to getting beat up everday at school but managed to smooth talk themselves out of harm's way? These are the guys. The rhymes are silly, but for the love of all that is good and holy, who can stand another thug reppin' his hood (when you know he grew up in the 'burbs of Jersey), talkin' 'bout his ho's and his ice without the slightest trace of irony? Rap is not known for its sense of humor. Licensed to Ill rescues it from drowning in it's own sense of self-importance and then manages to sneak a few sucker punches in on it's own. Great album, great rhymes, great beats. Long live Paul Revere!
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This is without question the best debut rap album. no other debut compares to this and thats probably why its the best selling debut rap album ever. if this never came out a lot of people (like kid rock or limp bizkit) would of never thought of mixing rap and rock the way the beasties did. this has to be one of the most important albums in the history of music for 3 reasons. 1. it was the first rap album to top the charts 2. it was the the first rap album to go multi-platinum 3. it influenced more bands and artists than any of us will ever know
those 3 reasons are reason enough to buy this album. its great and even though some of it is kind of dated it doesn't matter cause the beasties and rick rubin thought of something that was never done before with commericial success by mixing rap and rock and making it work. the chili peppers are another band that did this too in the early days but they didn't have the commericial success they deserved until years later but thats another story. the beasties are probably the most influential rap group of all time and i think it shows since their new album will most likely top the charts just like the 2 before it did. now, come on what other rap group continually puts out albums nearly 20 yrs after they first blew up and still has success. ok, thats what i thought. then why don't u have this cd, go get it. now!!!
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After I first picked this album up 19(!) years ago, I didn't listen to any other album for over a year. Nineteen years and hundreds of albums later, I don't listen to this album much anymore, but I still get a kick out of it when I put it on. The Beasties don't take themselves seriously on this album, and you can't expect a work of art coming out of an act that named itself the Beastie (acronym for: Boys Entering Anarchistic States Toward Internal Excellence) Boys. They're more mature now, but they were a lot more fun back then.
Licensed to Ill kicks off with one its best tracks, "Rhymin and Stealin", which uses a sample of Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" and then moves on to "The New Style" and "She's Crafty" which uses another Zeppelin sample, this time "The Ocean." It may seem sacreligious to use Zeppelin samples in rap considering P. Diddy's mauling of "Kashmir" a couple of years ago, but it really works well here. A few more tracks later and we're at "Girls." The song is admittedly a bit misogynistic, but the Beasties are posing as frat boys on this album, not feminists. Next up is the immortal party anthem, "Fight for Your Right" which you've probably heard a thousand times unless you've been living in a hole for the last 2 decades. The second half of the album has 4 classics, "No sleep..", "Brass Monkey", "Time to Get Ill", and my personal favorite "Paul Revere." Few rappers could match the Beasties in telling as engagingly ludicrous of a story as "Paul Revere."
Though this album is chock full of great moments with samples of Zeppelin, Mr. Ed, and others, the Beasties' next album, Paul's Boutique, really elevates sampling to new heights.
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