I remember seeing this record in bargain bins, probably within a year of its release. Then, by about 1992-93, it was playing at every party I went to. As much as you hear stories about certain records being ahead of their time, in the case of Paul's Boutique, it's completely true.
This is the Beastie's masterpiece. It sounds as good today as it did almost 20 years ago (!). And really, it's due as much to the Dust Brothers as it is to the Beastie Boys themselves. Hip hop always used samples, but this record was nothing but samples. And keep in mind, this was before Pro Tools. I've read a lot of articles about the making of this record, and the process was grueling. But, the results speak for themselves.
For me, hip hop doesn't get a lot better than this. It sounds corny, but I still get excited when I hear the drum roll that opens "Shake Your Rump."
And referencing Sadaharu Oh? Nice.
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