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Brass Monkey Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Licensed to Ill LP 1986
Written by: Beastie Boys/Rick Rubin
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Rick Rubin, co-produced by Beastie Boys. Engineered by Steve Ett, mastered by Howie Weinberg. Originally released under Def Jam Recordings, a division of CBS/Columbia Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Bring it Here" by Wild Sugar from the single "Bring It Here" (1981)


  • Brass Monkey - an alcoholic drink comprised of rum, vodka, and orange juice; also referenced in "Rhymin' and Stealin'" and "Slow Ride"
  • Charlie Chan - a Chinese film sleuth
  • Mo√ęt - a fine champagne; also referenced in "Hold It Now Hit It"
  • Chivas - a brand of scotch whiskey; also referenced in "Time to Get Ill"
  • Double R - Rick Rubin's nickname
  • Spanish Fly - an aphrodisiac consisting of powdered, dried beetles
  • Martini - an alcoholic drink consisting of gin and vermouth
  • 40 oz - 40 oz Old English Malt Liquor

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "I got a Castle in Brooklyn that's where I dwell" - lyrics are reminiscent of those in "South Bronx Subway Rap" by Busy Bee from the Wild Style soundtrack ("South Bronx, New York, that's where I dwell/To a lot of people it's a living hell")

Released Versions:

Brass Monkey
Brass Monkey (Free Loop Version)
Brass Monkey (Instrumental)
Brass Monkey (Live)
Brass Monkey Remix


Performed in 97 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
02-Feb-1987 : Wolfgang's, San Francisco, CA, United States

Last known Performance:
08-Mar-2008 : Centro Dinamico Pegaso, Mexico City, Mexico

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