The recording industry didn’t understand ‘Paul’s Boutique’, Beastie Boys’ sophomore album. Their record label didn’t either.
Hip-hop fans, however, clearly understood it.
Anyone who expected MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D to duplicate ‘License to Ill’ wasn’t paying attention to their riled up randomness or how influenced they were by their production. The Beasties go as the beat goes, as the sounds move them, keeping every offering fresh and rhyme-centric.
‘Boutique’ is an amazingly blatant mishmash of break beats produced by Dust Brothers (E.Z. Mike and King Gizmo); the album’s music is made entirely of arguably the most eclectic samples ever used. On each track hear the New York-bread trio bounce off one another stylistically.
“High Plains Drifter” and “Shadrach” are perfect examples, two among many on this set that will make you want to spin on your back with cardboard beneath you.
Listen to “3-Minute Rule” and “Shake Your Rump”, and try not to nod your head. It’s not possible unless you simply hate hip-hop music.
If you haven’t heard ‘Paul’s Boutique’ in a while it’s time to revisit. If you’ve never heard it before, add it to your playlist right now. That is all. Thank you for reading, God bless you, and have a great night.
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