Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
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Based on 3 reviews
1986 Ratings: #7 / 96
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1986 Ratings: #33
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MickyT and Phillip present...
Season One: The Beastie Boys
Part One: Licensed to Ill

So yeah, welcome to another mini series that I'm doing alongside Phillip, with this one we're just gonna be diving into a certain artists discography and reviewing their albums individually (with varying degrees of effort), for the first dive me and Phillip have decided to go ahead and go through the Beastie Boys discography (Noz is doing this too but time zones are a bitch). The Beastie ... read more


Discography Dives, Season 1: Beastie Boys

Episode 1: Licenced to Ill

The debut studio album from iconic New York hip trio Beastie Boys is an incredibly fun listen. Their rebellious, rap rock sound makes out for some really hard hitting tracks. The trio's aggressive delivery really adds to the aggressive atmosphere that they emit, with them screaming over heavy riffs really well. 'Fight For Your Right' is the best example of this as it has amazing rock production and Beastie boys themselves ... read more


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




Oh beastie boys, how you got so much better


Verdict: essential

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