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Unite Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Hello Nasty LP, 14 July 1998
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys and Mix Master Mike (DJ styling)
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Engineered by Mario Caldato. Recorded at G-Son Studios (Los Angeles, CA), The Dungeon (New York, NY), The Tree House (New York, NY), Ted Diamond's House of Hits (New York, NY), Soho Music Studios (New York, NY), Dessau Studios (New York, NY), RPM Studios (New York, NY). Second engineers: Steve Revitte and Sue Dyer at RPM Studios, mixed at RPM Studios (New York, NY). Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Andy van Dette at Masterdisk (New York, NY).

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "Roxanne, Roxanne" by UTFO - MTV Presents: Hip-Hop Back in the Day by Various Artists

References

  • Old School - the very first hip-hop music and style from the late 1970's and early 80's
  • New School - the late 80's to today's hip-hop music and style
  • Latrell Sprewell (1970- ) - basketball player for the Golden State Warriors
  • Rhythm Ace - drum machine
  • Skull Snaps - a funk group that recorded in the 60's and 70's; Adam Horovitz maintains a blog at Skullsnaps.org
  • LeSportsac - popular line of bags, luggage, and accessories
  • Ian and little Zoe - Ian C. Rogers and his daughter Zoe Rogers
  • BBoys - Break boys
  • Knicks - New York Knickerbockers, professional basketball team
  • Scope - a namebrand mouthwash
  • Technics 1200's - Technics SL1200, a turntable
  • Rump shakin' - a reference to "Shake Your Rump"
  • Intergalaction - a reference to "Intergalactic"
  • Scientists of Sound - a reference to "The Sounds of Science"
  • Asana - "sitting posture"; in the yoga system of Indian philosophy
  • Scorpio - astrological zodiac sign (Oct 24 - Nov 22)
  • Rach and Matthew - Rachel and Matthew Horovitz, Adam Horovitz' sister and brother
  • Money-Makin' - Beastie Boys' nickname for Manhattan; in addition to this song, Beastie Boys refer to Manhattan as "Money-Makin'" in "Root Down," "Super Disco Breakin'," and "The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine
  • Cruller - a fried pastry
  • BGirls - Break girls

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Goin' off the hook like Latrell Spreewell" - in 1998, pro basketball player Latrell Spreewell physically attacked his team's coach during a basketball game
  • "So what if I'm a ham and cheese on rye?" - Adam Horovitz has remixed several songs, notable Le Tigre songs, under the moniker DJ Ham and Cheese on Rye
  • "I write the songs that make the whole world suck" - a reference to the song "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow ("I write the songs that make the whole world sing")
  • "Explain to me really what doctors must do" - a sample from "Roxanne" by UTFO
  • "We're the scientists of sound/We're mathematically putting it down" - identical to lyrics from Kool & the Gang's "Heaven at Once" from the 1973 album Wild & Peaceful ("We are the scientists of sound/We're mathematically putting it down")
  • "I'm a Scorpio so you know I'm very sexual" - Mike Diamond's birthday is November 20th, placing him under the zodiac sign of Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)
  • "We're the scientists of sound" - a common Beastie Boys phrase also referenced in the Paul's Boutique track "The Sounds of Science"

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"...done with a loop from Dessau of a piano and then [the Beastie Boys] added more stuff to it" - Mario Caldato, 1998

Press

"...one of [Hello Nasty's] best songs - and one of the group's best in a decade. Deftly placed piano and organ riffs trigger involuntary head-bobbing; it's impossible to deny the funkiness of this cut, one of the rare Beastie Boys songs with potential crossover appeal to serious hip-hop heads" - Boston Globe, July 1998

 

Released Versions:

Unite
Unite (Acapella)
Unite (Instrumental)

Live:

Performed in 32 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
08-Aug-1998 : Keil Center, St. Louis, MO, United States

Last known Performance:
04-Dec-2004 : SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

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