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Sh*t I Could Watch Over and Over and Do # 2

Rhymin' and Stealin'

By Tom BakerPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
Ad-Roc, MCA, and Mike D: The Beastie Boys, circa late 80s.

When I was about thirteen, the Beastie Boys were the baddest motherf*ckers to ever pick up a mic and go boom. Everybody in the State Adolescent Unit/dungeon I was living at LOVED License to Ill, and it was the most popular AUDIOCASSETTE TAPE (!) on the ward, much passed around and quoted. Dates me, doesn't it?

I like to joke they're still my favorite "Jewish comedy troupe," but that incorrectly implies I'm somehow mocking them. I'm not. They're still great after almost forty years. They never sold out; just got more and more complex in their mix of punk, funk, hip-hop, rock, jazz, and whatever else they could throw into that musical polly wog stew.

This video is heavier than Hell, the song a grooving, ponderous sample from Black Sabbath paired with an elephantine beat designed to crush you. It's lean and raw and smashes down like a brick on the top of your noggin. The girl in the cage doesn't hurt, either.

Pure, revved-up, alpha male "boys will be boys" stuff from an era before "Woke."

The Beastie Boys started their career, incidentally, as a NYC punk rock group. They're featured on the classic Roir cassette compilation New York Thrash, alongside the largely forgotten leavings from bands like The Nihilistics, Adrenaline O.D., and Kraut; NONE of which ever went on to enjoy the meteoric success of the Beasties AFTER they started rapping, and broke free from the hardcore punk ghetto.

Beastie Boys - Rhymin' & Stealin' (Official Video)


About the Creator

Tom Baker

Author of Haunted Indianapolis, Indiana Ghost Folklore, Midwest Maniacs, Midwest UFOs and Beyond, Scary Urban Legends, 50 Famous Fables and Folk Tales, and Notorious Crimes of the Upper Midwest.:

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock3 months ago

    Interesting. Admittedly, not a big fan, but still....

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