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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...


  • "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)


  • 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)


Performed in 170 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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