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Production Credits:

Funky Boss Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Check Your Head LP, 21 April 1992
Written by: Beastie Boys and Mark Nishita
Performed by: Adam Yauch (bass), Michael Diamond (drums), Adam Horovitz (guitar), Mark Nishita (D6, Clav, Organ, Wurlitzer), James Bradley Jr (percussion)
Production Notes: Engineered by Mario Caldato, produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA. Sequenced at PCP Labs.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players from the album Pleasure (1972)
  • "Under Mi Sensi" by Barrington Levy from the single "Under Mi Sensi" (1985)
  • "Bicentennial Nigger" by Richard Pryor from the album Bicentennial Nigger (1976)

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Speech and audience laughter - sample from "Bicentennial Nigger" by Richard Pryor



"...a slick reggae cut propelled by a slinky guitar" - Rolling Stone, 1992


Released Versions:

Funky Boss


Performed in 6 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
17-May-1995 : CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH, United States

Last known Performance:
26-Sep-2007 : Riveria Theatre, Chicago, IL, United States

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