Celebrate 30 Years of the Beastie Boys ‘Licensed to Ill’ With Videos For Every Song Off The Album
Remember why this stone-cold classic is one of the greatest hip-hop records ever.
November 15, 2016 marks 30 years to the day since the Beastie Boys dropped their classic Licensed to Ill. The former New York City hardcore punks turned rowdy white-boy rap trio seemingly exploded overnight with cheeky bangers like “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party),” “She’s Crafty” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”—but pretty much every damn song on this album totally rules.
While the Beasties unleashed a remastered vinyl version for diehard collectors last month, you don’t need a turntable to revisit Licensed to Ill via the classic clips below, which spans official MTV vids, obscure live sets and assorted YouTube creations.
The Beasties later flexed their immense talent on the stonier Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head, among other triumphs, but the wildly influential Licensed to Ill remains perhaps the most indelible of all their works.
So let’s make like it’s 1986 all over again and listen to these twelve straight-up jams from Licensed to Ill:
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party):
No Sleep Till Brooklyn:
Hold It Now, Hit It:
Rhymin’ and Stealin:
The New Style:
Posse In Effect:
Slow and Low: