Bumpty bump as we’re getting closer.BEASTIE BOYS
A big part of why the Beasties are on of my favorite bands/groups is the varieties of style they offer from album to album and from song to song. They can shift from hip-hop to punk to funky instrumentals to sampling mixology and all parts in between from song to song within an album and do so seamlessly. Their lyrics can be funny, immature, and extremely unserious, but can also be insightful, introspective, and even topical.
In my top 31, I tried to show all of these styles in various forms. I wanted to include a few songs to add to the variety, but ultimately had to cut them since I still wanted to represent my favorites here. I’ve got hits, deeper cuts, songs with guest features, remixes, jams, and bonus tracks represented. I’m sure there will be some surprise omissions - there were some really tough ones to leave out of my top 31.
I have fewer stories to tell with this round of songs than I did with Genesis, so I’m going to provide the following info with each of my Beastie Boys writeups.
Peacockin’ - a tally of how many references are made within the song to Ad-Rock, MCA, Mike D, the Beastie Boys, or the greater NYC area.
Name Rockin’ - from Fred Flintstone, to Rod Carew, to Jacoby & Meyers, the boys are always dropping plenty of famous and infamous names in their songs. I list them all here.
Rhyme Squawkin’ - I list my favorite verses here.
Yo Mama Talkin’ - anything on my mind or interesting things to me to call out for each song.
Forewarning: There will be some NSFW language and some dabbling in misogyny (although I tried to avoid some of the worst of it).