Licensed To Ill
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The joke of Licensed to Ill's cover--that the Beasties could crash their jet into the side of a mountain and keep on tickin'--serves as a good metaphor for a career that even some of their 1986 admirers thought might be over after the one-time-only shock of this full-length debut. That thousands of funk-junkie wannabes have since failed at re-creating its groove, breaking-the-law vibe, and ear-splitting mix of rock and rap is an even better joke. And funniest of all is the record itself, which packs aural puns and lots and lots of yelling into an album that can still be listened to with as much pleasure as it gave in 1986. --Rickey Wright
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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.
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!!!
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.Read more ›
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Super cheap!...Brand new in sealed package...bought for my six year old...her older sister loves One Direction, she loves Beastie Boys! ...go figure!...Thanks!Published 29 days ago by dragnut
very good album plus its a classik in the Hip-Hop early 90's culture!Published 1 month ago by Vincent Grant Laporte
Do I really need to write a review for this album?
It's amazing... of course.
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Get it. Now.
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... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by sephoroth
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! Read morePublished on June 26 2004
The Beastie Boys exploded on the scene when I was a teenager in 1986. I bought the Licensed To Ill cassette tape back then when it first came out. (Wish I still had it!! Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Avid Reader Andy