Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beastie Boys Sampling Created Paul's Boutique

Paul's Boutique is *By Far* the best Beastie Boys album. In 1988, emerging with a more artistically mature second album, Paul's Boutique. This extremely sample-heavy creation is still considered one of the strongest works by the Beastie Boys, and Rolling Stone ranked it No.156 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is also considered a landmark in hip hop recordings due to its large array of samples and intricate use of multi-layering. Here's a song you should hear throughout:

"Sounds of Science":

The album was released in 1989 by Capitol Records, after the falling out between the group and Def Jam. It failed to match the sales of Licensed to Ill, reaching No.14 on the Billboard 200 and No.10 on the Billboard R&B charts. Rolling Stone described the album as "the Pet Sounds/The Dark Side of the Moon of hip hop." Paul's Boutique would eventually sell a million copies, despite the initially slow commercial reception. The band digitally remastered and released the album through their own website here.

Song 4 from Paul's Boutique "Eggman":

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