Check Your Head

Capitol Records (New Release)
Release date
27 Apr 2004
Running length
20 tracks
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1 Jimmy James 3:14 120,329
2 Funky Boss 1:35 98,422
3 Pass the Mic 4:16 174,110
4 Gratitude 2:45 142,768
5 Lighten Up 2:45 111,789
6 Finger Lickin' Good 3:39 79,409
7 So What'cha Want 3:36 239,560
8 The Biz vs. The Nuge 0:33 78,706
9 Time For Livin' 1:48 106,142
10 Something's Got To Give 3:27 110,446
11 The Blue Nun 0:32 78,127
12 Stand Together 2:46 78,693
13 Pow 2:13 102,278
14 The Maestro 2:51 74,862
15 Groove Holmes 2:32 115,594
16 Live At P.J.'s 3:17 65,737
17 Mark On The Bus 1:05 69,451
18 Professor Booty 4:12 72,966
19 In 3's 2:22 98,147
20 Namaste 4:00 62,367

About this album

Check Your Head is the third album by the Beastie Boys, released on April 21, 1992.

Three years elapsed between the release of Paul’s Boutique (the band’s second album) and their recording of this album. Check Your Head was recorded at the G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, California in 1991. The album features the popular hits “So Whatcha Want” and “Pass the Mic”; the music videos for both songs are available on the Criterion Collection Beastie Boys Video Anthology DVD set. The album was re-released in 2009 in a number of formats and featured 16 b-sides and rarities as well as a commentary track. The album is extensively broken down track-by-track by Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock, Mario Caldato Jr., and Money Mark in Brian Coleman’s book Check the Technique.


In contrast to their previous album, Paul’s Boutique, the Boys returned stylistically to their punk rock roots on Check Your Head, playing their own instruments for the first time on record since their early EPs (although they did provide live instrumentation on at least two songs on Paul’s Boutique). Hence photographer Glen E. Friedman’s idea to shoot photos with their instrument cases (one of which became the cover). The cover itself is a subtle depiction of the famous Three Wise Monkeys: “See No Evil,” “Hear No Evil,” and “Speak No Evil.” (This theme is revisited in the lyrics of “Finger Lickin’ Good.”) The album was their first to be fully co-produced by Mario Caldato Jr. Caldato was an engineer on Paul’s Boutique and was credited as producer on that album’s track “Ask for Janice”. The album also marks the first appearance of long time collaborator keyboardist Money Mark.

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  • G0dL0vesUgly

    best beastie album, masterpiece of music

    29 May 8:35pm Reply
  • Kleofin

    best beastie album, masterpiece of rap (2)

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fabduchi

    que buen disco! esta lleno de viajes ese disco, tiene de todo!

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    This album borrows the dense sampling of Paul's Boutique and makes it funky as hell

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • shuvit90

    best beastie album, masterpiece of rap

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lenn9o9n

    ill communication got my attention...this and paul's boutique made me fall in love

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • metawirt

    Odd how Paul's Boutique and this, their 2 most underplayed albums, are also their best [2]

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    my first beasties album. didn't care for it much. glad i kept looking at their other stuff though.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Maffybossen

    My favorite to. I am gonna mix this one.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Guitarist61396

    This is my favorite Beastie Boys.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Edward_Vedder

    I've had a Check Your Head t-shirt almost 10 months now [2] heheh. One of their most unrecognized because of only one single. But still, one of their best albums. Odd how Paul's Boutique and this, their 2 most underplayed albums, are also their best.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Timppa2000

    I've had Check Your Head t-shirt almost ten years now :o

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • cokeboy2

    Mike Caroll's part in Plan B Questionable got me into this album, good mix between punk and hip hop on this one, quite noticable.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Craig1981

    Owned a few of their albums for a number of years but only just heard this one for the first time. Its a beauty.

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mad_tea

    what an epic album!!!

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kerriesmith

    Check this out! - The Death Set

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Nochek

    yeah, lOve.

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rights_reserved

    It took me a few listens to get into this. I had to adjust to the jazz/hip-hop fusion.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Kenzinga

    album straordinario

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mintyfreshbeats

    What's up yall? Check out this Beastie Boys "Check Your Head" remix album I did...Doublecheck Your Head .... - its free

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
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