Posse got so big: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill" turned....30!

The Beastie Boys' landmark debut album "Licensed to Ill" was released November 15, 1986 -- 30 years ago yesterday.

You had it on tape and played it everywhere. (Here's Posse In Effect live on Soul Train.)

[Quiz - who did BB open for in 1985? How about 1986? (Answers below.)]



Damn. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves? Racist!

Starting off with the opening track "Rhymin & Stealin'," Beastie Boys set the tone for Licensed to Ill with a thumping hip-hop track that sampled Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," and The Clash's "I Fought the Law." The album also includes samples of Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean," AC/DC's "Flick of the Switch" and War's "Low Rider."

"Licensed to Ill" boasts some of the Beasties' biggest hits, including the youth anthem "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)," which peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album also features the tracks "Brass Monkey," "No Sleep till Brooklyn" and "Paul Revere."




Following "Licensed to Ill," Beastie Boys released seven more albums, the last of which being 2011's "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two." After co-founder Adam "MCA" Yauch died from cancer in 2012 the NY Mets honored him by using BB walk-up music and surviving members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond announced that they would not continue to make music as the Beastie Boys.



[Josh Johnson]

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Answers: 85 = Madonna & 86 = RUN D.M.C.





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