People are accusing the beastie boys of ripping off black artists o Called it “cultural pirating” o Imitating and not being sincere to the art o People were insecure and thought this way The truth is that the Beastie Boys just really loved rap They weren’t trying to sound like anyone else can be seen through the accent argument o They didn’t care, dressed like themselves, etc… o Always themselves and were very creative o People weren’t used to this o In this song they sampled Peter Piper by Run-D.M.C. Sample laws not in effect yet They also didn’t have a scratch master – they did it themselves (sounded mediocre) o Sounded interesting to people anyway SONG: Rhyming and Stealing o Sampled “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin o References Ali Baba And The 40 Thieves o You can see the level of intellect in this song’s lyrics they come from a different place musically that hasn’t been seen before Their mission is to tap into that teenage rock rebellion market They are giving hip hop a rock and roll edge SONG: Fight For Your Right (To Party) o Supposed to be a joke Beastie Boys didn’t take the song seriously o Turned out to be their biggest record at the time o Rock and roll punk national record o Best anti-establishment rebellion tune of all time More critics fought that this was not a rap song Intellectuals and kids now adored the Beastie Boys Massive cross-over hit – started the development of cult following In late 1985 the Beastie Boys were sent on tour o First national exposure o Went on the Madonna “Like A Virgin” Tour o Didn’t make sense to pair them The Beastie Boys pissed off Madonna fans o At the concerts it was mostly Madonna fans
o At the backdrop of their concert their put animal cages with half naked women and they put a penis-shaped blimp like the Rolling Stones o The beastie boys lip synced off of the beat on purpose they wanted people to know they were as people didn’t respect this o They used vulgar language The Beasties Boys didn’t want to be on that tour o No one could understand them They had black fans, but not many identified themselves o They wouldn’t have sold as many records if black people didn’t like them Took lots of drugs and their performance on stage was like a big party o They were happy rappers laughing, playing with the crowd This was abnormal The album came out in late 1986 biggest record for the group o Big record for the label too o Album is described as obnoxious, mindless, and a party record by critics o Protest groups claimed that the lyrics were violent and sexist Never in hip-hop’s history have record sales been so huge 10 million records sold is certified a Diamond record o The Beastie Boys album Licence To Ill was the fastest selling record on the history of Columbia/Def Jam Records o They sold 8 million LPs within a few months of the release
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- Winter '11
- Hip hop music, Beastie Boys