15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If the Beastie Boys’ staggeringly ambitious Paul's Boutique wasn't widely embraced at first (and it wasn’t), it’s only because it was light-years ahead of its time. Bits of movie dialogue, hardcore punk, disco breaks, classic rock, porn samples, bong rips, The Beatles—it all got thrown into the mix, and the results are nothing short of jaw-dropping. The trio's raps, meanwhile, are as supercharged as the Dust Brothers' production, with more obscure references and in-jokes than, well, "Jamaica got mangos." Hit play and brace yourself.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If the Beastie Boys’ staggeringly ambitious Paul's Boutique wasn't widely embraced at first (and it wasn’t), it’s only because it was light-years ahead of its time. Bits of movie dialogue, hardcore punk, disco breaks, classic rock, porn samples, bong rips, The Beatles—it all got thrown into the mix, and the results are nothing short of jaw-dropping. The trio's raps, meanwhile, are as supercharged as the Dust Brothers' production, with more obscure references and in-jokes than, well, "Jamaica got mangos." Hit play and brace yourself.

Parental Advisory Explicit Content
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Ratings and Reviews

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Turnip bob ,

A true classic

Just when everyone thought the beastie boys would be a one-album wonder, they went away and - boom - they came back with this slice of genius. This album is a true classic, not just a great hip-hop album, but one worthy of general greatness.

On its release it was way, way ahead of its time, and so it has aged well. The production - with a pure smorgasbord of samples -owes much to 'the dust brothers', but is complimented so well by the beastie's lyrics, crammed with shaggy dog tales and cool cultural references just waiting to be explored. If you are a fan if sampling or hip hop, or just appreciate good musical energy, then you must hear this. Consider the vinyl, too - just for the cover art. And if you seek out one if the "lyric guides" to this album online, you will find a whole new dimension to it, too.

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