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Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Rickey Wright

The joke of Licensed to Ill's cover--that the Beasties could crash their jet into the side of a mountain and keep on tickin'--serves as a good metaphor for a career that even some of their 1986 admirers thought might be over after the one-time-only shock of this full-length debut. That thousands of funk-junkie wannabes have since failed at re-creating its groove, breaking-the-law vibe, and ear-splitting mix of rock and rap is an even better joke. And funniest of all is the record itself, which packs dexterous boasts, aural puns, and lots and lots of yelling into a disc that can still be listened to with as much pleasure as it gave in '86.

1. Rhymin & Stealin8. No Sleep Till Brooklyn
2. The New Style9. Paul Revere
3. She's Crafty10. Hold It Now, Hit It
4. Posse In Effect11. Brass Monkey
5. Slow Ride12. Slow And Low
6. Girls13. Time To Get Ill
7. Fight For Your Right


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"License to Ill was the start of something very, very special - a musical odyssey that would last more than 20 years and turn a lot of people on to the genre of hip hop. While it may not have garnered the acclaim of some of their later albums, LTO was boysterous, freewheeling, off the wall, and just plain fun. There was a certain sound to it that was just undeniable, and I think that's what carried the record into the spotlight."


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Artist: Beastie Boys

Released: November 12, 1986

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (5)

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