Beastie Boys
Licensed to Ill


3.5
great

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
October 27th, 2006 | 80 replies | 23,156 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album made the Beasty Boys break though. This also set the path for rappers.

3 of 7 thought this review was well written

Hip-Hop is such an important movement in music. It showed multiple people a new way of music. Leave it up to three white boys to be one of the founding fathers. I actually find it quite humorous because they actually do a great job coming up with very great rhymes. They also do a great job converting certain segments of songs into hip-hop. This ‘stick it to the man’ style of The Beastie Boys paved the way for the great rappers today.

I mentioned before that they convert different styles into rap. In the premiere song Rhymin & Stealin they used the drum beat to When The Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin and the guitar riff to Sweat Leaf by Black Sabbath. I believe that this pulled the trigger that makes hip-hop and rock/metal successful as a mix. You see this a lot to day with the genre of Nu-Metal and Anthrax with Public Enemy. As for the song, the rhymes are pristine and the rhythm is nice and slow and ‘in your face’. Another example of this She’s Crafty were they use the guitar riff from The Ocean by Led Zeppelin. The song is about a girl who steals from people that she sleeps with. In this song MCA, Ad-rock and Mike D are together like nobody’s business. The way that it is put together with the different styles of rapping for each person is very admirable. They have this feature in about every song and it turns out great every time.

The also are know for a punk-side. A great example of this is probably their most famous song Fight For Your Right. There is a great powerful riff and it actually a guitar solo… GASP. Yep there is a guitar solo in a rap song. The whole message is just pissed off and to fight the ‘system’ which is basically the whole message of the album. No Sleep To Brooklyn is a real pump up song. They distribute the rhyming very well in this song. As for the rhymes they aren’t as great as they could be. The guitar solo, yes there is another one, is actually preformed by Slayer guitarist Kerry King.

Their best feature by far is how they put it together. Paul Revere tells how they meet and the beat is slapped around and beat up till it is perfect much like all of the other songs. I can tell that they put so much effort into this song and boy it paid off. Another component of this is how they distribute the rhyming. The New Style is a great example. They are in harmony when they’re together and just as good during their solos. An additional thing that contributes to this feature is the time changes and scratching the records. They do this great in [i]Rhymin & Stealin[i]. I say a major song including this The New Style. They go from the semi fast beat to the slow and laidback beat.

The only thing that I disapprove is Girls. It has a corny marimba melody and low bass backup sing singers. Also it is just Ad-rock which would be fine but his whiney, nasally voice gets annoying. Also the rhymes are so basic that a third-grader can come up with it. Since it is just Ad-rock there is no distributions and no great beat since it is one the whole time. The only thing that I like about it is that it is somewhat humorous and it leads right into Fight For Your Right, which I will get into now.

Yes the album flows like a river. They put a lot of though into this factor I can tell. The 1st two songs are an example. There is a pause then the exact same tone comes in and then it takes off. Paul Revere goes to Hold Now, Hit It great too. They are so similar. It makes you want to look at the screen on the CD player to see if it is the same song. The goofy but great rhyming Brass Monkey stops abruptly and goes into the slow and low um…Slow and Low suddenly. Seriously I would like to say that that is one of the best songs on the album. The chorus is great and slow. That song is the meaning of chilling.

The closer on the album plays the perfect part. Time To Get Ill packs the whole album in to the one song. It gets pretty humorous, it has a bunch of time and beat changes, it distributes the rapping perfectly and the rhymes are in your face as usual. This is really one of the best, if not the best closing songs ever on an album.

Usually don’t like Hip-Hop, but this type I admire. The kind that is creative, have great beats and rhymes and have a strong message is the kind that gets its place in my album collection. That really what rap is all about, right?

Pros:
Great rhymes
Great beats
Creativity

Cons:
Girls
Ad-Rock’s voice gets frustrating

3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Door Mouse
October 27th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This was hard because i never really tried to review rap.

Zesty Mordant
October 27th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, but this album imo is the Beastie Boys' weakest. "Rhymin' and Stealin'" and "Time to Get Ill" are great tracks though.
Paul's Boutique and Hello Nasty are my favorites.

Muisee
October 27th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Weaker then even their newest one?

Pretty good review, like this album also.

The Door Mouse
October 27th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thx^ i had doubts with this review i origionall wasnt gonna do it but then i saw that only on other person did it and he gave it a 5 so i was forced toThis Message Edited On 10.27.06

Zesty Mordant
October 27th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Weaker then even their newest one?

I personally think To the 5 Boroughs is actually pretty solid.


Oddsen
October 27th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok review. This is a pretty good album.

The Door Mouse
October 27th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ight thx guys

tom79
October 27th 2006



3366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You spelled the band name wrong the first time you mentioned them, in that little sentence before the review. 'beasty boys'

I just thought I'd say that

Digging: Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again

AlienEater
October 28th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the Beastie Boys.

The Jungler
October 28th 2006



4827 Comments


Not a bad review, some of you sentences sound a little choppy and you really need to find a synonym for "great". Other than that it was fairly well-written.
I'm a fan of the Beastie Boys, but from what I've heard this album gets quite tiresome.

teen_rocker
October 30th 2006



260 Comments


Beastie Boys rule. i don't really listen to hip-hop but i still luv them.

The Door Mouse
October 31st 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

that is the same thing with me. These guys and archie (you probly never heard of them) are the only rappers that i like.

Zebra
Moderator
November 1st 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is the weakest Beastie Boys effort by a long shot. A lot of the songs just sound half assed and I dislike their hardcore, rap/rock style. That being said "Rhymin & Stealin" and "Brass Monkey" are ace.

The Door Mouse
November 17th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Wow I just realized that this was featured. YAY

x28x06x42x12
January 22nd 2007



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

basically the only 'rap' stuff i'll listen to. really good.

MrKite
April 21st 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Rhymin & Stealin' is great. I have been listening to these guys a bit lately.

Slaapkamers
April 21st 2007



596 Comments


Yeah, I only like white guys that rap.

Slaapkamers
April 21st 2007



596 Comments


Yeah, I only like white guys that rap.

astrel
June 28th 2007



2614 Comments


...I actually like "Girls"....

Otisbum
October 23rd 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So this is pretty great the second time through.

Maybe it'll help me write this poem for Language Arts.



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