Beastie Boys

You won't catch me listening to rap, unless it's the Beastie Boys! Originally founded as a punk group, they transitioned to rap before releasing their first album. However, their non-rap roots are evident on many albums, where the B-Boys perform on their respective instruments. They even released a purely instrumental recording (The Mix-Up).

From the first time I listened to the Beastie Boys, I knew I liked them. I didn't know much about them at all , but I picked up "Licensed to Ill" at the library and was instantly hooked. The Beastie Boys are much different than other rap groups because they are almost a parody of rap. Their songs are full of posturing, bragging about female conquests and superior rapping skills (which they do have). However, at the end of the day, they're still three Jewish (okay, MCA converted to Buddhism) dudes from NYC (and Jewish people love Jewish rappers). In addition, the Beastie Boys have bucked the trend of offensive lyrics in rap, even apologizing for some homophobic lyrics in their first album both to the media and in subsequent recordings.

Beastie Boys Top Ten

  1. Sabotage (Ill Communication)
  2. Intergalactic (Hello Nasty)
  3. Rhymin' and Stealin' (Licensed to Ill)

Licensed to Ill (1986)


Rhymin' and Stealin'

She's Crafty:


No Sleep Till Brooklyn:

Paul Revere:

Brass Monkey:

Paul's Boutique (1989)


Shake Your Rump:

Egg Man:

High Plains Drifter:

The Sounds of Science:

Hey Ladies:

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun:


Ill Communication (1994)


Sure Shot:

Root Down:


Get It Together:

Futterman's Rule:

Alright Hear This:

Do It:

Bodhisattva Vow:

Hello Nasty (1998)


Super Disco Breakin':

Body Movin':


And Me:

Three MCs and One DJ:

The Grasshopper Unit:

I Don't Know:


Dr. Lee, PhD:

To the 5 Boroughs (2004)


Ch-Check It Out:

3 the Hard Way:

Rhyme the Rhyme Well:

Triple Trouble:

Hey Fuck You:

Oh Word?:

That's It That's All:


An Open Letter to NYC:

We Got The:

The Mix-Up (2007)


Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011)


Make Some Noise:


Too Many Rappers:

Long Burn the Fire:

Lee Majors Come Again: