Licensed to Ill

Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
Release date
28 Aug 1995
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Beastie Boys - Rhymin & Stealin 4:08 10,744
2 The Beastie Boys - The New Style 4:35 10,263
3 The Beastie Boys - She's Crafty 3:35 9,038
4 The Beastie Boys - Posse In Effect 2:26 8,970
5 The Beastie Boys - Slow Ride 2:56 8,791
6 The Beastie Boys - Girls 2:14 16,937
7 The Beastie Boys - (You Gotta ) Fight For Your Right (To Party) 3:28 4,384
8 The Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn 4:06 25,608
9 The Beastie Boys - Paul Revere 3:40 14,779
10 The Beastie Boys - Hold It Now, Hit It 3:27 9,441
11 The Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey 2:37 21,628
12 The Beastie Boys - Slow And Low 3:38 9,034
13 The Beastie Boys - Time To Get Ill 3:37 8,675

About this album

Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986.

It is the first rap LP to top the Billboard 200 chart. It also peaked at #2 on the Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart. It is Columbia Records’ fastest selling debut record to date and sold over five million copies.


Produced by Rick Rubin & Beastie Boys

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 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 label Def Jam head) into having the Beastie Boys to come up with another name. Adam Horovitz has since apologized for the band’s earlier title.

Music videos were made for the songs “Fight for Your Right”, “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”, “Hold It Now, Hit It”, “Rhymin’ and Stealin’” and “She’s Crafty”.

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  • KingNoCrown

    if you think this is better than paul's boutique you are retarded [2]

    17 Apr 12:42am Reply
  • Doppz

    "The original title for this album was Don't Be a Faggot but Columbia Records flatly refused to release the album with this title". .... "Don't Be a Faggot" sounds like a great album name to me?

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • beatthumper

    I miss the days when albums like License to ill or Paid in Full came out it was exciting and made you head to the nearest music store. Paul's Boutique hands down is one of their best albums ever. You start it from the begining and dont stop it.

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    It's okay but... It doesn't support a comparison with Paid in Full or Nation Of Millions.

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    this album is a certified classic

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LucretiaXS

    Лучший альбом ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥.ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ♥ღ ▪°♥•◦▪*.▪°♥•◦▪*.▪°♥•◦▪*.▪°♥•◦▪*.▪°♥•◦▪*.▪°♥•▪*.▪°

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • atticus_B

    By far the worst Beastie Boys album. Nonexistant beats and lame samples. Really.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Overrated Run-D.M.C. ripoff of an album. I can't deny its lasting impact though, and it is still a fun album to jive to

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    The best Beastie Boys album! Pure perfection!

    19 May 2013 Reply
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  • domingduarte

    i can't scrooble this album, can't understand the problem

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • blakemichigan3

    if you think this is better than paul's boutique you are retarded

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ajmandaones

    still such a great album! :D

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ASmirnitskiy

    You gotta fight! For your right To paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaartyyyyyyyyy

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • anarchyO

    My first Beastie album. <3

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • jacidbazz

    "i'm surprised this isn't their top album let alone not even in the top 4." [3]

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • kyuk-

    The only album by the Besties that I actually like. Actually, I fucking love it.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • metal180

    "i'm surprised this isn't their top album let alone not even in the top 4." [2]

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • crimson-phantom

    Just dug this gem up out of an old box in the basement. Gonna pump the fuck out of it tonight.

    22 Dec 2011 Reply

    i'm surprised this isn't thier top album let alone not even in the top 4. I love the shit out of this album and then eat it.

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
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