Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
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Based on 3 reviews
1986 Ratings: #6 / 64
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Based on 172 ratings
1986 Ratings: #22
November 15, 1986 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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An absolutely essential hip hop album for any casual listener or enthusiast. Fast paced and fun lyrics with some pretty punky production, which was special for the time, are what makes up the musical compositions of the project. Licensed to Ill has some decade-defining hip hop songs like Fight For Your Right and No Sleep Till Brooklyn, which are still heavily played tracks up to this day. The overflow of energy provided by the group throughout is something that was not too easy to find in ... read more
this is just fun and nasty. one of my favourites in the genre, for sure.
you know how I said grodt was the most overrated rap album?
Well I was wrong, it’s this pile of shit
We owe so much to the Beastie Boys, from their sampling production to their upfront rapping style. And a lot of that can be traced back to Licensed To Ill. There are so many classic instrumentals and hooks on here that are embedded in hip hop history, but none of it sounds dated. Beastie Boys were punk rap before punk rap was a thing, or even sub genres of rap were a thing. Who would’ve thought a bunch of white guys would be one of the most influential rap groups in history?

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"Licensed To Ill" is one of the landmark albums in rap that is a reason rap evolved, although once in a while The Beastie Boys seem too goofy and loud, its a landmark album. Don't get me wrong, I love this album, and I love the Beastie Boys. This album almost sounds spontaneous, and unrehearsed, which somehow makes every song catchier than if someone else were to rap the songs, and the yelling and high pitched, nasal rap is the Beastie Boy sound. LTI is a classic, and if you're ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rhymin & Stealin 
  2. The New Style 
  3. She's Crafty 
  4. Posse In Effect 
  5. Slow Ride 
  6. Girls 
  7. Fight For Your Right 
  8. No Sleep Till Brooklyn 
  9. Paul Revere 
  10. Hold It Now, Hit It 
  11. Brass Monkey 
  12. Slow And Low 
  13. Time To Get Ill
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