Licensed to Ill is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys. It was released on November 15, 1986, by Def Jam and Columbia Records. The album became the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart, and was the second rap album to become a platinum album. It is one of Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut records to date and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015 for shipping over ten million copies in the United States. The album received critical acclaim for its unique musical style, chemistry between the group members, and their stylized rapping.
The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who helped to create a sound that was influenced by punk rock, heavy metal, and hardcore hip hop. The album's lyrics were often irreverent and humorous, and they often dealt with themes of sex, drugs, and violence. The album's cover art, which depicted a plane crashing into a cliff, was also controversial.
Despite the controversy, Licensed to Ill was a huge commercial success. It spawned the hit singles "Fight for Your Right (to Party)", "No Sleep Till Brooklyn", and "Girls". The album's success helped to break down barriers between hip hop and other genres of music, and it helped to make the Beastie Boys one of the most popular and influential hip hop groups of all time.
|Original Release: 1986.|
|This Release: 2016.|
|Catalog No: 06025 478 207-5 (4).|
|Size: 12" single vinyl record.|
|Additional: 30th Anniversary Edition.|