Check Your Head 2LP

$37.99

Ships on: July 24, 2024

Some albums define an era, a place, a certain time in one's life; they exist as soundtracks for our memories, bringing that extra scent of poignancy to them. Check Your Head practically defined the summer of 1992 for those who were wary of the mainstreaming of rap and somewhat bored by the insurgency of grunge. By holding their heads firmly outside of any particular musical genre, MCA, Adrock & Mike D. created their own space; distorted, fuzzy, peppered with the swagger of punk and the rootsy earthiness of early-'70s soul-jazz, and layered with ten years of hip-hop know-how.

From the opening chords of "Jimmy James," it's clear that the Beastie Boys would have a chance to permanently shed the label of "fratboy rappers" that Licensed To Ill had forced upon them. Lo-fi, garagy, guitar-riff-loaded tracks like "Pass Da Mic" and "Gratitude" made it clear that the Beastie Boys could be taken as serious musical forces, even innovators. Yet they could still call back on their silly selves for romps like "Professor Booty" and "Funky Boss." One of the best albums of the 90's, Check Your Head is a turning point for a band and the genesis of a new musical hybrid.

Tracklist:
A1. Jimmy James
A2. Funky Boss
A3. Pass The Mic
A4. Gratitude
A5. Lighten Up
B1. Finger Lickin' Good
B2. So What'cha Want
B3. The Biz Vs The Nuge
B4. Time For Livin'
B5. Something's Got To Give

C1. The Blue Nun
C2. Stand Together
C3. Pow
C4. The Maestro
C5. Groove Holmes
D1. Live At P.J.'s
D2. Mark On The Bus
D3. Professor Booty
D4. In 3's
D5. Namasté