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Production Credits:

Get on the Mic Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Adam Horovitz and Adam Yauch
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...

Samples

  • "At the Fever" by Lovebug Starski from the album You've Gotta Believe (1983)

References

  • Dick Butkus (1942- ) - former Chicago Bears football player
  • Fat Morton Jelly Roll (1890-1941) - jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton
  • Frisco - short for "San Francisco"
  • Fresno - a city in south central California
  • Rolos - chocolate and caramel candy

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Get on the mic 'cause you know you eat shellfish" - lyrics refer to those in "On the Bugged Tip" by Big Daddy Kane ("Get on the mic 'cause you know you eat chicken")

Commentary:

Press

"...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

 

Released Versions:

Get on the Mic

Live:

Performed in 1 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
31-May-1995 : Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, United States

Last known Performance:
31-May-1995 : Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, United States

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