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3-Minute Rule Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Brave & Strong" by Sly & the Family Stone from the album There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
  • "Feel Good" by Fancy from the album Wild Thing (1974)
  • A live ping-pong game


  • Dragnet - classic 1960's police drama television series
  • Mr. Roper - the landlord on the television series Three's Company, portrayed by Norman Fell
  • The Yankees - New York Yankees, a major league baseball team
  • Miss Crabtree - a teacher on The Little Rascals/Our Gang
  • Spanky - a character on The Little Rascals/Our Gang
  • BMW - German luxury automobile
  • "Proud Mary" - a 1969 song by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Ring Ding - a round devil's food cake, filled with vanilla-flavored creme and covered with frosting, made by Drake Baking Company
  • "Do Wah Diddy" - a 1964 song by Manford Mann
  • Bob Dylan (1941- ) - Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist known for his folk rock protest songs and harsh delivery
  • Cheeba - slang for "marijuana"
  • "Mothership Connection" - a 1975 song and album by Parliament
  • Harley - Harley Davidson motorcycle
  • Hollywood - a section of Los Angeles, California, considered the center of the show business industry in the United States
  • Sorry Charlie - a commercial slogan used by Starkist Tuna
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac - beat author and what is considered his greatest work
  • PCP - a hallucinogenic drug

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Beginning and ending beat samples are from "Brave & Strong" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • Drum beat sample is from "Feel Good" by Fancy
  • "Roses are red, the sky is blue" - refers to the timeless poem "Roses are red, violets are blue"
  • "I got my barrel at your neck so what the fuck ya gonna do?" and "my nine's by my side" - lyrics refer to Adam Yauch's interest in guns
  • "Because you know why a you see H" - Adam Yauch is spelling out his last name phonetically (Y-A-U-C-H)
  • "Are you experienced little girl" - refers to "Are You Experienced" by Jimi Hendrix


Beastie Boys

"There actually was a ping-pong table in the recording studio...We actually did overdub playing ping-pong. We put up two mics, and I think it was me and E.Z. Mike [Mike Simpson], if I'm not mistaken, just kind of volleying back and forth with the ball. We were trying to keep it to the beat, but I don't think we did stay on the beat very well." - Adam Yauch on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009


"The boys reference vintage TV favorites from 'Our Gang' to 'Dragnet' to 'Three's Company' slyly salute disparate musical inspirations (John Fogerty and George Clinton); compare themselves to a Big Apple sports team (the Yankees); bemoan their bad reputation while also threatening gunplay; and of course, make pit stops for girls and weed. The rhymes never reach the level of the two most famous writers cited - Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan, who both had a better knack for such breakneck lyrical bric-a-brac - but they do provide an effective three-minute Cliff's Notes version of the disc." - excerpted from the 33 1/3 Series book Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy, 2006


Released Versions:

3-Minute Rule
3-Minute Rule (Demo)
3-Minute Rule (Instrumental)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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