Who would have thought that out of all the talented rappers in the hip-hop world, that it’d be three white Jewish boys from Brooklyn who would eventually master the art of staying relevant?
In case you didn’t notice, The Beastie Boys rule. But believe it or not, there was actually a time when these lyrical geniuses were considered complete clowns. And not in the cool “class clown” sense that we associate with them now, more like the type of 14-year-old girl clown who sings about a day of the week that starts with the letter ‘F’.
During their come up in the early ’80s, the rap world immediately wrote them off. With their aggressive flow that better fit the category of punk than rap (the trio initially opened up for groups like the Dead Kennedys and the Misfits), the Beastie Boys were criticized for being too “white” for the rap world.
But once Licensed To Ill dropped in 1985 (famously branded by Rolling Stone with the headline, “Three Idiots Make A Masterpiece”), everyone the Beasties were here to stay. The album went on to become the best selling rap album of that decade and the group was unquestionably embraced by hip-hop.
Fast forward over 25 years later, and the Beasties have since released eight more albums; their most recent being Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, accompanied by the star-studded video, “Make Some Noise”. Even more, the tripod has just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Which (finally) brings us to our LYRIC OF THE WEEK. Taken from “Paul Revere” off The Beastie Boys’ acclaimed Licensed To Ill, this opening verse takes us way back to their humble beginnings:
Now here’s a little story I got to tell / About three bad brothers you know so well / It started way back in history / With Ad Rock, MCA, and me, Mike D
The rest of the song is a more in-depth (and slightly fictitious) look at how they all met and started making music together. We love this lyric because it shows just how far they’ve come while still managing to stay totally true to themselves. Not bad for three middle aged white dudes who hit the big time waxing poetic on babes and beers.