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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

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 Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

hockeyschtick ,

A legit classic

Not just the best Beasties album, Paul's is arguably and controversially among the best hip hop albums from the golden age of sampling. 20 years after first hearing it I'm still discovering hidden gems deep in the mix.

Nochumplovesucker ,

Classic

The production, samples beats are still unmatched. Epic album!

Mr. Bbyface ,

Wowowowow

I'm always in the mood for this album. Rhymes are great. Sampling is off the charts. Definitely a must buy.

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