Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1989 Ratings: #3 / 135
User Score
Based on 435 ratings
1989 Ratings: #4
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July 25, 1989 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Lyrically, the Beasties have never been better -- not just because their jokes are razor-sharp, but because they construct full-bodied narratives and evocative portraits of characters and places.

Paul's Boutique is a landmark in the art of sampling, a reinvention of a group that looked like it was heading for a gimmicky, early dead-end.

In the late ‘80s the mainstream hype surrounding the beastie boys was dying down, it had been 3 years since the release of the critically acclaimed “License To Ill”, which went on to become one of the most sold hip-hop albums ever(11+ Million sales). People were getting sick of constantly listening to the same 5 beastie boys songs. The world needed new b boys music.

In 1989, The beastie boys teamed up with legendary producer group “The Dust Brothers” to create ... read more
Paul's Boutique has so many delicious samples that you would think it was a Costco.

I love how many different sounds the boys sample. There is hard rock, but also the new funk and jazz elements feel inventive and welcomed. 'B-Boy Bouillabaisse' reminds me of Whack World. Beyond the short times, there is an internal cohesion while every song sounds entirely different. This album is brimming with ideas while still wonderfully curated.
After the amazing commercial success of their debut full-lenght, the Beastie Boys decided to take away the more accessible, commercial, as they would say, elements in their music and focus on experimenting more with sound and aesthetic in their sophomore record, Paul's Boutique: a masterpiece in the genre, not only for its early experimentations with sampling and overall post-production facets, but for its amazing consistency as a hip-hop release. It was a huge commercial let-down at the time ... read more
one of the better hip hop albums that the 80's had to offer. the production, while almost entirely sample based, was stellar. it had elements of rock, funk, and pop all put together into a quilt of beats that perfectly suited the beastie boys upbeat and energetic style of rapping. the lyrics didnt impress me all too much, but there were definitely moments where i went back to listen again, specifically on the tracks that told a story. personally, i would not say that this is one of the best ... read more
This album is an ESSENTIAL hip-hop album, easily one of the best ever. the texture these instrumentals have is still incredible today, and to think that this album came out in 1989 is mind-blowing. not to mention the boys themselves, who have more chemistry on this album than a goddamn laboratory. the energy Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have on this album is infectious.

not to say this album is flawless -- i think it starts to lose a little bit of steam at the end with Car Thief and What Comes ... read more
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Track List

  1. To All The Girls 
  2. Shake Your Rump 
  3. Johnny Ryall 
  4. Egg Man 
  5. High Plains Drifter 
  6. The Sounds Of Science 
  7. 3-Minute Rule 
  8. Hey Ladies 
  9. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner 
  10. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun 
  11. Car Thief 
  12. What Comes Around 
  13. Shadrach 
  14. Ask For Janice
  15. B-Boy Bouillabaisse
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