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First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
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...
- "Good Times" by Chic from the album Risqué (1979)
- "Good to Go" by Trouble Funk from the album Drop the Bomb (1982)
- DJ Hurricane - Beastie Boys' DJ
- Cey City - nickname for Cey Adams, a friend of the Beastie Boys
- Dust Brothers - Beastie Boys' producers
- Mike Gee (Michael Small) - a member of the rap group Jungle Brothers
- Jazzy Jay (John Byas) - old-school New York DJ who was also a former member of Afrika Bambaataa's Soul Sonic Force
- Bad Brains - influential hardcore band from Washington, D.C.
- Hollis Crew - Run-DMC posse based out of Hollis, Queens
- Whodini - a 1980's rap group
- Original Concept - a four-piece band from Long Island
Sample & Reference Breakdown
- Opening scratches - a sample from "Good Times" by Chic
- "Take the A Train" - a song by Duke Ellington
"...a selection of snippets of New York life loosely bound together by their shared brevity; it forms a sort of final summary of what Paul's Boutique is all about" - paraphrased from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998