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A companion song to The Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right to Party,” Anthrax’s 1987 single “I’m the Man” was one of the first rock songs to connect with rap music in an authentic way. As the only one of the “big four” thrash bands to originate in New York City, Anthrax were uniquely connected to the city’s emerging rap scene, which developed concurrently to thrash. Guitarist Scott Ian grew up in Bayside, Queens, just a few minutes from Hollis, home of Run-DMC and LL Cool J. That Def Jam was a subsidiary of Anthrax’s label, Island, only strengthened the association. The Beastie Boys were three young NYC-bred men who made in-your-face and often obnoxious music, and Anthrax saw themselves in the same mold. Thus, “I’m the Man” came off not as a joke but as a message of solidarity. Though Anthrax would never be real rappers, they could create riffs that were even louder and more intense than Rick Rubin’s beats for the Beasties. The result was a song that showed—maybe for the first time—that heavy metal and rap were born of the same underground, anti-establishment attitude.

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Anthrax Rocks!!!!!!!

This is a must buy song. True Anthrax Classic!!!!!

It's an EP

For the guy who gave this 1 star: its an EP not an album - its only supposed to have one new song. For all you others: buy the song, it has a cool beat and it's hilarious!

Classic Hip Hop?

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I give you that other thing Anthrax was known for. I'm the Man has aged like fine wine. I cannot believe this is on here and I also cannot believe how beautiful and gorgeous this is and how current it still sounds. This is perhaps the greatest song this band ever did. The song itself predates all rap rock, Rage, Run DMC's collab with Aerosmith's career saver, Limp, Faith No More, the Chillies and everybody and anybody else who says they started this first. The song itself is total insanity and complete genius, you just don't know how big this was. The black boys in my school thought it was the Beastie Boys, of course that might not have been a good thing to say to the band. Who obviously is sort of slamming them. But, aside from it's sarcastic nature, this blew hip hop wide open, it made it cool for the head bangers to like hip hop, the hip hoppers to like metal and the punks see it as a new vehicle for their artform. Hip hop and rap had always sort of had a punk aesthetic to it, but here a lowly speed metal band from Brooklyn, New York would define it and define and entire new music genre all at the same time. So Faith, Rage, Beasties, Limp in the immortal words of GrandMaster Flash and the Furious Five…This is where you got it from!

I'm the Man - EP, Anthrax
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 1987
  • Parental Advisory

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