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Right Right Now Now Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: To the 5 Boroughs LP, 4 June 2004
Written by: Beastie Boys/Tony Romeo
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...


  • Cool in the Furnace LP by Buryl Red and Grace Hawthorne
  • "The Devil Rides in Jericho" by Don Costa
  • "I Would Have Loved You Anyway" by The Partridge Family from their album Sound Magazine (1971)


  • Matt Takei - a friend of Tokyo entrepreneuer Nigo (founder of A Bathing Ape clothing); Takei and Nigo helped find the Beastie Boys uniforms for their Quasar tour dates in Tokyo
  • Munich - the capital of Bavaria, Germany
  • Taipei - the capital of Taiwan, an island off the coast of southeast China
  • Columbine bowling - Bowling for Columbine (2002) is a critically acclaimed film by Michael Moore that focuses on America's obsession with guns
  • Bahamas - an island group (and popular vacation spot) in the North Atlantic between Florida and Hispaniola
  • KKK - abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy group
  • Iron Chef - a popular Japanese culinary show airing on cable TV's Food Network channel
  • Riunite - a cheap, all-occasion wine
  • Levert - a smooth-sounding R&B/soul group formed by Gerald Levert

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Now get busy" - a sample from Cool in the Furnace LP by Buryl Red and Grace Hawthorne
  • "And, yes, we're gonna party for the right to fight" - a play on their 1986 hit single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)." Def Jam group Public Enemy also have a track called "Party for Your Right to Fight" on their album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • "The U.S. attacking other nations, and narration, on every station" - in response to the terrorist acts committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, the United States has instigated wars with the Middle-Eastern countries of Afghanistan and Iraq
  • "I'm a funky-ass Jew and I'm on my way" - Adrock is part Jewish (father's side) and Irish (mother's side)
  • "So please pass me the Riunite on ice" - Riunite wine gained recognition in the 80's by its advertising slogan: "Riunite on ice, that's nice!"
  • "Try to smooth it out like Levert" - in 1997, band LSG (Levert.Sweat.Gill) released the song "Curious" in which guest rapper L.L. Cool J speaks the following lines: "U are amazing, there's no doubt/Top it off with an S, 'cause you smooth me out"


Beastie Boys

"That's on serious island. But it's also on b-boy island. But sometimes it visits goofy island. It's actually the only song on the album that visits all three islands." - Beastie Boys, using their "Three Islands" approach in describing the songs on their new album (2004)

"[Gun control is] definitely a topic that needs to be discussed. I think gun control in the United States is a pretty intense issue and it's good to open it up and discuss it. There's a lot of people who have a lot of very extreme feelings on both sides." - Adam Yauch, June 2004


"Mix Master Mike's scratching highlights [Right Right Now Now]" - Jonathan Cohen, Billboard, April 2004

"And this time round the trio have also used their Jewish roots to comment on US race relations - 'I'm a funky ass Jew against the KKK.'" - "Beauty of The Beasts" by Richard Ferrer, June 2004

"Tracks like [Right Right Now Now] put the trio's sociopolitical agenda front and center" - Billboard, June 2004

" of the bunch" - Nigel Gould, Belfast Telegraph, June 2004

"[Right Right Now Now] addresses the issue of gun control, specifically in the wake of the Columbine high school shootings: 'Columbine bowling, childhood stolen, we need a bit more gun controlling,' goes the rap" - Jane Stevenson, The Calgary Sun, June 2004

"...built around a nifty harpsichord loop" - Peter Relic, Cleveland Free Times, June 2004


Released Versions:

MTL Reppin' for the 514
Right Here Now Now (Beastie Boys vs. Cheap Cologne)
Right Right Now Now
Right Right Now Now (Acappella)
Right Right Now Now (Clean)
Right Right Now Now (Instrumental)
Right Right Now Now (Live)
Right Right Now Now (Straight Outta Shibuya)
Rizzle Rizzle Nizzle Nizzle


Performed in 70 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
15-May-2004 : ICA, London, England

Last known Performance:
09-Jun-2009 : Rams Head, Baltimore, MD, United States

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