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Time to Get Ill 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...

Samples

  • "Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller from the album Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More Baby" by Barry White from the album I've Got So Much to Give (1973)
  • "Gucci Time" by Schoolly D from the single "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?/ Gucci Time" (1985)
  • "Theme from Mister Ed"
  • "Theme from Green Acres"
  • "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival from the album Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)
  • "Custard Pie" by Led Zeppelin from the album Physical Graffiti (1975)
  • "Boogie on Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder from the album Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974)

References

  • Chivas - a brand of scotch whiskey; also referenced in "Brass Monkey"
  • Miller - a popular American brand of beer; also referenced in "Posse in Effect," "Slow Ride," and "Hold It Now Hit It"
  • Monkey - short for "Brass Monkey," an alcoholic drink comprised of rum, vodka, and orange juice
  • Gucci - luxury brand of fashion clothing and accessories
  • Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) - an American actress and comedienne who was popular in the 60's and 70's
  • Mr. Ed - famous talking horse of the television show Mister Ed (1958-1966); also referenced in "Hold It Now Hit It"
  • Forty of O.E. - 40 oz. Old English Malt Liquor

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "I'm cool, calm, collected/From class I was ejected" - possible reference to "Cool, Calm, and Collected" by the Rolling Stones
  • "Cold chillin' on the spot at the microphone stand" - "Cold Chillin' in the Spot" is a 12-inch single by Jazzy Jay (featuring Russell Rush), released on the Def Jam label in 1985
  • "Lookin' at my Gucci, it's about that time" - a sample from "Gucci Time" by Schoolly D
  • "I'm Mr. Ed...the famous Mr. Ed" - a sample from the "Theme from Mister Ed"

Released Versions:

Time to Get Ill
Time to Get Ill (Instrumental)
Time To Get Ill (Live)
Time to Get Ill Poison (Beastie Boys vs. Prodigy)

Live:

Performed in 164 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
06-Jan-1986 : Adelphia University Garden City, Long Island, NY, United States

Last known Performance:
04-Sep-2007 : Brixton Academy, London, England

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