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First Appearance: To the 5 Boroughs LP, 4 June 2004
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys. Mixed by Supa Engineer "DURO" for No Question Ent./Loreal Inc. Recording engineered by Beastie Boys and Jon Weiner. Turntable Extraordinaire: Mix Master Mike. Recorded and mixed at Oscilloscope Laboratories. Mastered by Chris Athens at Sterling Sound.
Behind the Beats and Lyrics...
- "Sounds" by original cast of "The Me Nobody Knows"
- Neve mic pre - Neve is a brand of microphone pre-amps. In the recording industry, they are referred to as a Neve mic pre
- Wonderama - a children's TV program produced by New York City TV station WNEW
- Bagel from Bob - Bagel Bob's is a local bagel chain in New York City
- New wave - style of rock music, being an outgrowth of punk rock in the late 1970's
- O.G. - an acronym for "original gangster" coined by rapper Ice-T on his O.G.: Original Gangster LP. It is also used to describe old-school gangster rap.
- Crack - pellet-sized pieces of highly purified cocaine, especially potent and highly addictive
- Rhoda - a character (portrayed by actress Valerie Harper) and televison spin-off series (1974-1978) of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977)
- Yoda - Star Wars Jedi master
- Beatsie Boys - another name for the Beastie Boys, possibly coined by Biz Markie; in addition to this song, the band refer to themselves as Beatsie Boys in "Root Down," "Putting Shame in Your Game," "Crawlspace," and "Nonstop Disco Powerpack"
Sample & Reference Breakdown
- "So what'cha want" - refers to lyrics in "So What'cha Want" by Beastie Boys from 1992's Check Your Head
- "I'm a Wonderama snake can winner" - The children's television show "Wonderama" featured a game called the Snake Can in which a child would have to choose a can out of several, one of which contained a prize. If the child chose the wrong can, a "snake" jumped out of it.
- "I'm the one that won that dance contest/'Cause you know I dance the best" - "Wonderama" also featured dance contests called Go Go Dance Sessions
- "Dance sucker" - a sample from "Renegades of Funk" by Afrika Bambaataa
- "Groove" - a sample from "Renegades of Funk" by Afrika Bambaataa
- "Whether in the high rise where you live like Rhoda, or in the shack and you live like Yoda" - The TV character Rhoda, portrayed by actress Valerie Harper, lived in an Manhattan high rise apartment building while Jedi master Yoda lived in a small hut/shack
- "Beatsie, Beatsie Boys here to keep you all warm" - similar to lyrics and delivery in Putting Shame in Your Game" ("Beatsie, Beatsie Boys gettin' live on the spot")
- "Tappin', clappin, rappin', the sound of fingers snappin'/Tappin', snappin', knockin', rappin', a little sound growin', coming out 'n' going all the time" - a sample of "Sounds" by the original cast of "The Me Nobody Knows"
"I think it's got a very different sentiment or vibe to it - you think Sham 69 would want to cover this one?" - Beastie Boys, 2004
"...[an] irreverent party-rocking jam" - Sam Chennault, Houston Press, June 2004
"[The most obvious cut] that embraces diversity. [It's] an overdue attempt to redress hip-hops intolerance of homosexuality" - Tom Moon, Inquirer, June 2004