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Licensed to Ill (1986)

The Beastie Boys
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Rapcore, Hard rock, Hardcore punk, East Coast hip hop, Punk rock, Heavy metal, Hip hop music

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Licensed to Ill was the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986.
It was the first hip hop LP to top the Billboard 200 chart. It was also Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut record to date and sold over 9 million copies.
Kerry King of Slayer made an appearance on the album playing lead guitar on "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and appeared in the music video which is a parody of glam metal. The name of the song itself is a spoof on Motörhead's No Sleep 'til Hammersmith album. King's appearance on the track came about because Rick Rubin was producing both bands simultaneously (Slayer's Reign in Blood was originally released on Def Jam).
The full album cover, front to back, features a Boeing 727 — with "Beastie Boys" emblazoned on the tail — crashing head-on into the side of a mountain. The tail of the plane has the Def Jam logo and the legend '3MTA3' which spells 'EATME' when viewed in a mirror. The livery of the plane is based on that of American Airlines.
The original title for this album was Don't Be a Faggot, but Columbia Records flatly refused to release the album with this title and pressured Russell Simmons (their manager and Def Jam label head) into having the Beastie

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Tracks

4:08 Rhymin & Stealin
3:35 She's Crafty
2:26 Posse in Effect
4:06 No Sleep Till Brooklyn
3:38 Slow and Low
3:39 Time to Get Ill
3:26 Hold It Now, Hit It
2:14 Girls
4:38 The New Style
2:56 Slow Ride
3:26 (You've Gotta) Fight for Your Right
3:40 Paul Revere
2:40 Brass Monkey
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