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Licensed To Ill

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  • Audio CD (June 30 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000024JN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
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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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Universal Music Catalogue are re-pressing and re-issuing a series of classic albums from Def Jam, the most groundbreaking and inspired hip hop and urban music label of a generation. Drawing on its hugely impressive catalogue, created in the 21 years since


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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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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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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I still like the Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill" today! I played that tape over and over on a bus trip to Florida in April of 1987 during spring break! The lyrics are still funny! They mention White Castle hamburgers on just about every song that it's so funny! White Castle's sales must have tripled in 1986-1987 because of the Beasties'numerous mentions of them. Mike D, King Ad Rock and MCA were some funny fellows from Brooklyn on this album. The basslines on "Posse In Effect", "Slow And Low","Slow Ride", "Hold It Now", "Time To Get Ill", "The New Style," "Brass Monkey" and others have this smoothness to them and have you dancing in a sleazy and sneaky way! And have you moving your hands in crazy, wild directions too! I still dance to them today the same way at 34 than I did at 17! This was raw, no-nonsense hip-hop here and they really pulled it off! It's still catchy today! And the rock-based numbers "Rhymin' and Stealin", "Fight For Your Right to Party" and "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" are still solid, proving the Beasties could rap over loud rock guitars! Girls is so funny for its short 2 minutes and dorky music. A year before '86, they were the opening act on Madonna's tour. This album really made them big stars and that's why they're more in demand today for tours! Their new single from their upcoming 2004 album is so funky! They still have it a strong 2 decades later!!!!!!! "Licensed To Ill" is still a classic and still funny and funky today!
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