Saturday, March 29, 2008

Greatest Openers- Rhymin & Stealin

The year was 1986. Three white Jewish kids from New York produced one of the all-time great hip-hop albums. Licensed to Ill was an instant classic, going to number one on the Billboard album chart, the first rap album to do so. The album was kicked off with the Beastie Boys' manifesto "Rhymin and Stealin". Backed by a massive Bonham drum-beat sampled off of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks", Adrock, MCA, and Mike D proceed to tell everyone what they came to do. This song is just straight raucous, grabbing your attention whether you like it or not. Besides any song with the lyric "My pistol is loaded/ I shot Betty Crocker/ Deliver Colonel Sanders down to Davey Jones locker" can't be half-bad, right?

Beastie Boys- Rhymin and Stealin

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