Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies [Throwback]

The year was 1989. Three white boys from NYC were ’bout ready to flip the script on a burgeoning rap scene with the release of a genre-bending, production-shifting sophomore effort.

In a watershed moment the Beastie Boys dropped Paul’s Boutique, a first of its kind with its use of elaborate sampling and labyrinthine layering. The group’s followup to License To Ill would rank as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums of all time fueled by lead single and today’s throwback “Hey Ladies.”

A choice blend of waggish hip-hop and seasoned funk, the cut follows its album’s lead with the use of double digit samples from a who’s who of legendary acts…

“The Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet
“Party Time” by Kurtis Blow
“Holy Ghost” by the Bar-Kays
“Shake Your Pants” and “I Just Want to Be” by Cameo
“Pumpin’ It Up” by P-Funk All Stars
“Jungle Boogie” by Kool & the Gang
“Machine Gun” by The Commodores
“Jazzy Sensation” by Afrika Bambaataa
“Change Le Beat” by Fab 5 Freddy featuring Beeside
“Come Let Me Love You” by Jeanette “Lady” Day
“So Ruff, So Tuff” by Zapp & Roger
“Ain’t It Funky Now” and “Funky President” by James Brown
“Hey DJ” by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team
“High Power Rap” by Crash Crew
“Hush” by Deep Purple
– Source: whosampled

…the highpoint for me being the cowbell interpolation of “Holy Ghost” and “Come Let Me Love You.” God, you can never have too much cowbell on a track! Maybe that’s why “Hey Ladies” holds the distinction of being the first single to chart on both the Billboard Hot Rap Singles and Modern Rock Tracks.

Or maybe it’s just the funny rhymes and even funkier rhythms that set this Beastie Boys track apart:

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