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License To Ill

Beastie Boys "License to Ill" Album Review
Posted on June 11, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: December 1, 1986

Artist: Beastie Boys

Overall Rating: Good

License to Ill is the debut studio album from – at the time – New York-based rappers, the Beastie Boys. Released in December of 1986, this was the first rap album to hit the Billboard charts.

The Good

Licens to Ill is as accessible now as it was in 1986. You can jump into this album at any point and get into it. While not every song holds up, they are all still enjoyable. This album is, in it’s own juvenile way, a masterpiece.

The Bad

“Girls” is somewhat unfortunate in its misogynistic tone. You can easily pass this song off as three dumb kids having some fun. That’s no problem. But it makes it difficult to take any of the Beastie’s other songs seriously after hearing the lyrics, “Girls, to do the dishes. Girls, to clean up my room. Girls, to do the laundry.”

The Ugly

Misogyny wins out over homophobia on License to Ill, or as the Beastie Boys wanted to title the album, Don’t be a Faggot. Columbia Records refused the Beastie Boys this title. Thankfully, for us and the Beastie Boys, the band did not get their way.

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