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Linking timeless Zeppelin and Sabbath riffs to heavy-bottomed funk with hook-savvy producer Rick Rubin, the Beastie Boys made first-rate party music that defined the late '80s. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” displayed an understanding of metal, while “Paul Revere,” “Time to Get Ill” and “Hold It, Now Hit It” swung and bounced furiously.

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Great Sound For Great Songs!

This is a cool funk album with nonstop beat. All the songs are great with the exception of "She's Crafty" and "Time to Get ill". The top five greatest ever Beastie Boy's songs on this album are: 1# Fight for you right 2# Brass Monkey 3# Sabotage 4# Intergalactic 5# Girls ( Although "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" are not on this album there still some of the best.) Hopefully the beastie boys come out with another great album like this. Peace Out!

RIP Adam

One of my favorite albums if all time. Thx for the memories!

So good!

This was the first album I ever bought with my own money, on cassette tape, in 1986. I was 7. My parents loved it. My dad loved the video for Fight for Your Right. I can't wait to share this music with my kids when they're a bit older. Thanks for the music Beasties… Adam, you are missed.


Formed: 1979 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, both of whom accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren't pirating -- instead, they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the D.I.Y. aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart. Of course, the exaggerated b-boy and frat-boy parodies of their unexpected hit debut...
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