Weekday Wayback: Beastie Boys- Licensed to Ill

It's no secret to those who follow me on Spotify that I've been on a Beastie Boys kick. With inventive wordplay and clever samples, Licensed to Ill introduced everyone outside of New York to MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D in 1986. This album features samples ranging from "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin to "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and even the theme song to Mister Ed (yes, the show about the talking horse)! Notable tracks include, "No Sleep til Brooklyn" with Kerry King on lead guitar spoofing glam and metal rock as well as "Paul Revere", which features a reversed 808 drum beat that gives the song its unique rhythm. I personally can't pick a favorite song because I enjoy them all so much (except for "Girls", not too keen on that one)! Though if faced with the task of picking a favorite line, I would have to say for one of the best on here is "some voices got treble, some voices got bass, we got the kind of voices that are in your face!" off "The New Style". Fun fact: the Beastie Boys sampled themselves in "Intergalactic" on their 1998 release Hello Nasty when they took the line "mmm drop" (you know it when you hear it) from "The New Style" on Licensed to Ill

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