Hello Nasty

1998 Grand Royal Records/Capitol Records
Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato Jr.
Annotations: soopageek

Super Disco Breakin'
The Move
Remote Control
Song For The Man
Just A Test
Body Movin'
Sneakin Out the Hospital
Putting Shame In Your Game
Flowin' Prose
And Me
Three MCs And One DJ
The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')
Song For Junior
I Don't Know
The Negotiation Limerick File
Picture This
Dr. Lee, PhD
Instant Death

Super Disco Breakin'

Well it's...
50 cups of coffee and you know it's on
I move the crowd to the break of break of dawn
Can't rock the house without the party people
Cause when we're gettin down we are all equal
There's no better or worse between you and me
But I rock the mic so viciously
Like pins and needles and words that sting
At the blink of an eye I will do my thing
Like a needle in the cartridge when the record spins
Like diggin down deep in the record bins
Everybody gettin down make no mistake
Nothing sounds quite like an 8 0 8
    A Roland 808 drum machine.

Money Makin Money Money Makin *Manhattan *
Super Disco Disco Breakin'

Sometimes I like to brag sometimes I'm soft spoken
When I'm in Holland I eat the pannenkoeken
    A dutch variation on the pancake.
I got the spice you bring the sauce
You can kiss my ass you funky boss
    "Funky Boss" - The Beastie Boys (1992).
Now that you got what you want, you want more
I'll be with the hammer and the nail at your door
With these funky beats I be goin' head huntin'
Shouts to my peeps let me know if you feel something
I can give you all you need
A little beat for the rhythm and some words to read
Let me tell you now that's my favorite shit
*And if I got a new rhyme I just say it*
    sample: "Sucker MC's" - Run DMC (1984).

So Money Makin Money Money Makin *Manhattan*
Super Disco Disco Breakin'

*Is Manhattan in the house?*

The Move

*Hello.. *
    this sample and the beat box sample which accompanies it are Bobbito and Lord Sear recorded from thie radio program "Stretch" on WKCR.
It's times like this when I just can't stop
Can't wind your body without the body rock
Got schemes schematics blue prints on file
You gotta have dreams to make it all worthwhile
So as I take my time and realign
I wonder what it is I hope to find
I don't mean to brag I don't mean to boast
But I'm intercontinental when I eat french toast
    This is a mixture of two similar but diffrent lyrical references, both acts released thier singles on the Sugarhill Records label in the 1980's:
    "Funk You Up" - The Sequence (1979).  Original lyrics:
        "I don't mean to brag I don't mean to boast
         But they call my name from coast to coast"
    "Rapper's Delight" - The Sugarhill Gang (1979).  Original lyrics:
        "I don't mean to brag I don't mean to boast
         But we like hot butter on our breakfast toast"
Adrock with the New Addition Edition
    Leave it to the Beastie Boys to let you wonder.  Listening to the lyrics, it could be either word, and when you check the liner notes of the LP, they print both words.  A "new addition" would simply refer to the new album/music/rhymes.  "New Edition" however was an 1980's R&B vocal group whose members included, among others, Bobby Brown.
Gettin on down for the year 2000
A slight distraction can get you paid
And when it comes to that type shit I paved the way

BBoys to the early morn
BGirls be rockin on and on
BGirls to the break of dawn
BBoys be rockin on and on

Dogs love me cause I'm crazy sniffable
I bet you never knew I got the ill peripheral
In your home I'm cloned I'm on your headphones
I love it when you spazz out all alone
Cause I'm that fool that broke the key
I'm unlockable so don't check me
Got weight on my shoulders and things on my mind
The sky is falling and I'm falling behind
So I synthesize sounds as I patch my brain
Insane mind games move quick like flames
So now I wonder how sometimes you never know
Who be rockin y'all in stereo in stereo in stereo in stereo

No time like the present to work shit out
That's what I'm going on and on and on about
Not fakin just makin beats in the dungeon
Keep that shit funky cause the odor is pungent
No shame in my game just par for the path
I try to hone my craft because at hands the task
But I find I'm not playing with a full deck
I'm up to my neck like Toulouse-Lautrec
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French impressionist painter.  Deformed by a genetic bone condition, Toulouse-Lautrec grew to a height of 4 feet 11 inches.
All I wanna know is when is checkout time
So I could be in heaven with the rhythm rock rhyme
And when I'm with my man Shadi Rock at the gates
    Shadi Rock was one of the nicknames of long time Ad Rock friend Dave Scilken, who died of a drug overdose in 1991.
We'll be rockin rhythms over disco breaks

BBoys to the early morn
BGirls be rockin on and on
BGirls to the break of dawn
BBoys be rockin on and on

*Hubo un vez, un gran rey que tenia muchas tierras un castillo y tambien un amor *
    sample: "El Rey y Yo" - Los Angeles Negros
         "Once upon a time, there was a great king
          Who had a lot of land, a castle, and a love"
Remote Control

Things get hectic quick
From the satellite dish to your joy stick
It's the night of the living cable box
    Night of the Living Dead a film directed by George Romero (1968).
Wires coming up from around the block
Remote control to change the station
But that won't change your situation
Have you seen what I mean
I'm the little gnome that's in your dreams
So I say this rhyme built by design
To take you beyond space and time
Said who is the man making diamonds out of coal
The man pushing buttons on remote control
Until your back's up against the wall
You never know yourself that much at all
So you've got to share your love with a friend
That's all that you've got left in the end
Living in this city of pure confusion
People mislead by their own illusion
All this action, no satisfaction
We're all linked together like a chain reaction
Play or fold, love is bold
What is the future that will unfold?
Some like it hot, others like it cold
But we all want to hold the remote control
Things get hectic quick
All of the sudden I'm in the thick
Too much drama all around
Distractions booming in sensuround
Like a rainy day's Earth won't sit still
Sliding on down a hill
Sometimes life seems to stall
So never be ungrateful y'all
So I got a little something for your pay per view
Like Don King I've got the crazy hair do
    Boxing promoter Don King was infamous for his impossibly weird hair style.
We've got cameras on Mars on space patrol
    Most likely referring to the NASA Pathfinder landing mission and the ongoing Mars Global Surveyor Obriter mission, which was taking place during the time of this record's production.
Controlled on Earth by remote control

Song For The Man

What makes you feel
And why you gotta be
Like you got the right
To look her up and down
What makes this world
So sick and evil
I know you don't know
What makes you feel
Like you got Miracle Whip appeal
Who made you the judge an jury
Ain't you never heard of privacy
What makes this world
So sick and evil
You figure it out

Just A Test
    Known samples:
        excerpts from The Pair Extraordinaire LP by The Pair Extraordinaire

Like a flag at half mast as frames click fast
    Flags are flown at half mast to honor the dead.
Not a thing will last as past is past
Like stacks of thoughts that got played and worn
Used over and over till they were tired and torn
Like a broken clock that can't tell time
Like a thick ass book that's filled with wack rhymes
Like a scorching blaze that burned the sand
Like a band that planned and planned and planned
And flew down like a raven in the dark of night
And snatched up the worm helpless to fight
And brought it back to the nest singing microphone check
    Ok, this one is going to be a stretch.  In 1992, Das Efx released a song called "Mic Checka" on their LP Dead Serious.  The refrain in this song goes "Microphone check, micro-microphone checka".  The only reason I think this could possibly be a reference to that song is that Das Efx referenced the Beastie Boys in this same song.  At one point in the song, they say "I come-ity come from Brooklyn, 'cos that's where I'm from", which is a pretty obvious reference to "Hold It Now Hit It". Of course, it could mean nothing.
One two one two this is just a test

Like sand in one hand You can't hold for long
Like scheming on a plan that goes all wrong
Like fudge and caramel they're not the same
And it's a shame all you talk is game
You act like a diamond waiting to be set
In a gold ring, as if, I bet
As time goes by in this give and take
As long as I learn I will make mistakes
What do I want? What do I need?
Why do I want it? What's in it for me?
It's the imagery of technology
Is what you get is what you see
Don't worry your mind
When you give it your best
One two one two this is just a test

Body Movin'
    Primary sample: "Oye Como Va" - Tito Puente

*Ready? One.
You will do this four times with the left, four with the right
Then eight times with both, then repeat.*
    This and the rest of the "instructional" samples in this song from "Modern Dynamic Physical Fitness Activities" performed by Ed Durlacher.

Body movin', body movin'
A1 sound, sound so soothin'
Body movin', body movin'
We be gettin' down and you know we're crush groovin'
    The film Krush Groove (1985).

Let me get some action from the back section
We need body rockin' not perfection
Let your backbone flip but don't slip a disc
Let your spine unwind just take a risk
I wanna do the freak until the break of dawn
    The freak is a dance step.
Tell me party people is that so wrong?
The ship is dockin', interlockin'
And up-rockin', electro-shockin'
We're getting down, computer action
Do the robotic satisfaction
All of ya'll get off the wall
Have a ball and get involved with
    Reminiscent of "Let it Flow" from Licensed to Ill (1986).  The lyrics from that song were "First of all, get off the wall, it's time to party so have a ball"

Body movin', body movin'
With the A1 sound, sound so soothin'
Body movin', body movin'
We be gettin' down and you know we're crush groovin'

*Stand erect, arms down. Swing left arm big, same with the right.*

Flame on, I'm gone
    More than one site visitor has suggested that this may be a reference to the Marvel Comics character the Human Torch, who uttered the phrase "flame on" to, well, turn his flame on.  I've included it for this reason (so I can stop getting e-mail on this) and to counter with the following argument: The Beastie Boys are not known for dropping vast amounts of comic references other than Vaughn Bode.  It is true they make ample cartoon references, but few comic references.  This is why, I find this being a Fantastic Four reference somewhat suspect.
I'm so sweet like a nice bon bon
Came out rappin' when I was born
Mom said, "Rock it 'til the break of dawn"
Puttin' bodies in motion 'cause I got the notion
Like Roy Cormier with the coconut lotion
    The Beastie Boys used a bit spoken by Roy Cormier in their song "I Can't Think Straight" on the Aglio e Olio EP.  But, I don't know where the whole thing about Roy Cormier and his love for coconut lotion comes from
The sound of the music drivin' you insane
You can't explain to people this type of mind frame
Like a bottle of Chateau Neuf de Pap[sic]
    The Chateau Neuf du Pape is a red varietal wine from the Rhone Valley region of France.
I'm fine like wine when i start to rap
We need body rockin' not perfection
Let me get some action from the back section

Body movin', body movin'
A1 sound, sound so soothin'
Body movin', body movin'
We be gettin' down and you know we're crush groovin'

*Left arm ready and one, and again, stand erect*

Mike D with the master plan
Ooh my my and thank you ma'am
And when I grab the mic you scream "ooh goddamn!"
The creme de la creme is who I am
MCA where have you been?
Packed like sardines in the tin
So kick off your shoes and put on your swim fins
'Cause when it comes to quarries I'm known to swim
Adrock light up the place
And if you pull my card you pull the ace
And if you ask me, turn up the bass
And if you play Defender I could be your hyperspace
    Defender was a popular arcade video game of the 1980's.  It was a space-ship shoot 'em up variety in which you flew from left to right while being attacked by all sorts of things.  One particularly useful button was the "hyperspace" button which allowed you to escape impending doom and be transported to another place on the board. Site visitor James Davidson takes it a step further in suggesting that "I could be your hyperspace" refers to the fact that on the old arcade version of the game, the button was to the left of the joystick, meaning that to access it, you had to take your hand off the joystick.  To play the game most effectively, you needed a friend to "be your hyperspace".

Body movin', body movin'
A1 sound, sound so soothin'
Body movin', body movin'
We be gettin' down and you know we're crush groovin'

*You will do eight hops on the left, eight on the right.
  Four left, four right, two left, two right, then one each
  Left, right, left right, start and land on the balls of the feet
  Left foot, ready, it's one, two , three, four, five*

    Primary samples: "Prelude C# Minor" composed by Rachmaninoff, performed by Les Baxter
                                  various by The Jazz Crusaders from their PowerhouseLP (1968)

Intergalactic Planetary Planetary Intergalactic Another Dimension
Don't you tell me to smile
You stick around I'll make it worth your while
Got numbers beyond what you can dial
Maybe it's because I'm so versatile
Style profile I said
It always brings me back when I hear Ooh Child
    "Ooh Child" - The Five Stairsteps (1970).
From the Hudson River out to the Nile
    The Hudson River is in New York City, the Nile River in Egypt.
I run the marathon just up until the very last mile
If you battle me I will revile
People always say my style is wild
You've got gall you've got guile
To step to me I'm a rapophile
If you want to battle you're in denial
Coming from Uranus to check my style
    Uranus is the 7th planet in our solar system. It also is a common favorite play on words since it sounds like "your anus".
Go ahead put my rhymes on trial
Cast you off into exile

Intergalactic planetary
Planetary intergalactic

Jazz and Awol that's our team
    "Awol" is Amery Smith.  Formerly of Suicidal Tendancies, Mr. Smith is credited with playing drums on Ill Communication and Aglio E Olio.  You can find a picture of him on the back cover of Ill Communication (the one with the hat that says "AWOL" ;).
    Site visitor Wes Allen points out that Jazz is credited as guitar technician for the Aglio E Olio recordings in The Sounds Of Science anthology liner notes.
Step inside the party disrupt the whole scene
When it comes to beats well I'm a fiend
I like my sugar with coffee and cream
Got to keep it going keep it going full steam
Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean
On the tough guy style I'm not too keen
    "Tough Guy" - The Beastie Boys from Ill Communication (1995).
To try to change the world I will plot and scheme
Mario C likes to keep it clean
    Mario Caldato, Jr. - long time producer of the Beastie Boys.
Gonna shine like a sun beam
Keep on rapping cause that's my dream
Got an A from Moe Dee for sticking to themes
    Kool Moe Dee is about as old school as they come, earning his respect in the early Sugarhill Records outfit Treacherous Three and later with a couple of well received solo albums.  He was also an uncompromising critic of other MCs that culminated with the now infamous feud with LL Cool J.  He used to issue "report cards" as part of the liner notes of his albums, grading other rap acts.  When grading the Beastie Boys, he gave them mostly C's, but gave them an A for "sticking to themes".
When it comes to envy y'all is green
Jealous of the rhyme and the rhyme routine
Another dimension new galaxy
Intergalactic planetary

Intergalactic planetary
Planetary intergalactic

From the family tree of old school hip hop
Kick off your shoes and relax your socks
The rhymes will spread just like a pox
Cause the music is live like an electric shock
I am known to do the Wop
    I would presume that the Wop is a dance.
Also known for the Flintstone Flop
    According to site visitor Matthew Borr: "The Flintstone Flop refers to an episode of The Flinstones in which Fred and the gang end up at a teen dance hall. Fred (through circumstances that elude my memory at this time) jumps from a table and flops belly first onto the floor. A group of teens sees this happening and start imitating Fred, promptly starting a dance craze called the Flintstone Flop."
Tammy D getting biz on the crop
    Tamra Davis is the wife of Mike D and an accomplished film director in her own right (Guncrazy, CB4, Billy Madison).  So crop could refer to the act of "cropping" which is an editing technique.  It also calls to mind the popular 1960's device of the "big-time Hollywood director" caricature.  This stereotype often wore a beret, carried a megaphone or bullhorn, and often carried a riding crop.
Beastie Boys known to let the beat *mmmm drop*
    sample: "The New Style" - The Beastie Boys (1986).
When I wrote graffiti my name was Slop
If my rap's soup my beats is stock
Step from the tables as I start to chop
I'm a lumber jack DJ Adrock
If you try to knock me you'll get mocked
I'll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock
    A favorite combat maneuver of Star Trek's Mr. Spock was the Vulcan Nerve Pinch which consisted of pinching the victim where the neck meets the shoulder between the middle and ring fingers.
Intergalactic planetary
Planetary intergalactic
Another dimension
Do it

Sneakin' Out the Hospital

Go by the name of King Ad Rock
Super educated I'm smarter than Spock
    Mr. Spock of Star Trek was reknowned for his intelligence and reasoning.
Everytime you hear me you will agree
Ain't no brother like the k-i-d

Putting Shame In Your Game
    Known samples:
        "No Ice Cream Sound" - Johnny Osbourne
        "Whutcha Want?" - Nine (1994)

Beatsie Beatsie Boys gettin live on the spot
Puttin all kinds of shame in the game you got
We keep the party movin to the broad day light
g-e-t-l-i-v-e, aw-iiight

Transhypnotic robotic can't stop it
No limits to this style you know you can't lock it
First you mock it, rock it and then you stock it
But I've got the styles that are always in the pocket
Like a bird floating down on a New York breeze
Every thought in the mind is a planted seed
So watch the mind or the thoughts will stack
Before you know it they're boomeranging on back
    The boomerang is a weapon of the Australian aborigine.  Essentially it is a stick that you throw at something, but by design, if you miss your target, it will return to you.
I'm the king of Boggle there is none higher
I get 11 points off the word quagmire
    Boggle is a word game created by Milton-Bradley where players create words from a jumble of assorted letters on dice.  Site visitor Wes Allen points out that a classic definition of the word quagmire is "land with a soft, muddy surface" which is also known as a bog (boggle, get it?).  This also appears to be a spoof of a Run DMC lyric.  "King of Rock", the title track to their 1985 LP, contains the lyric:
                "I'm the king of rock, there is none higher
                  Sucker MC's shall call me sire"
Fools can't see me and that's how it is
And that's how I like it cause that's my biz

Beatsie Beatsie Boys gettin live on the spot
Puttin all kinds of shame in the game you got
We keep the party movin to the broad day light
g-e-t-l-i-v-e, aw-iiight

Time's an illusion as the moments race by
Too fast to really grasp though we may try
Deny, till we die, ooh my my
These thoughts that mislead and then multiply
Second by second and minute by minute
It's like lotto *you gotta be in it to win it *
    Sample comes from actual advertisement for the New York lotto.
Shakin mind breakin on their own demise
Lies tax to the max and they'll be feelin those vibes
So tell me what you need that you have got
Fiending on power will make your blood clot
It starts with the greed and then goes all wrong
That's why we can't all just get along
We're all connected like a Leggo set
    Leggo's are a popular building block that interlocks with each other to facilitate building objects.
One equaling one together like a croquette
Whether we have or have not yet met
It ain't no thing and it ain't no sweat

Beatsie Beatsie Boys gettin live on the spot
Puttin all kinds of shame in the game you got
We keep the party movin to the broad day light
g-e-t-l-i-v-e, aw-iiight

*non-stop hip hop*

You're caught in a panic and it's rattled your brain
The selfish ways just can't maintain
But these are the breaks when you try and come fake
Don't come with the rhymes that you just half baked
I'm the Benihana chef on the SP12
    Benihana's is a national chain of Japanese restaurants.  The Emu SP1200 is a favorite among beat samplers.
I chop the fuck out the beats left on the shelf
You be like hello nasty where you been
    In a magazine article, Mike D explained the story behind the phrase "hello nasty".  According to the magazine article, Nasty Little Man was the name of in-house production company at Grand Royal Records.  At the time, they had a lady of Asian descent working in the office who answered the phones.  Her English wasn't very good and it took her a while to get the phrase required of her when answering the phone and subsequently, for quite some time, answered the phones "Hello nasty."
It's time you brought the grimy beats out the dungeon
I jumped outside the house with my Walkman on
I get so hyped when I hear this song
It's gonna keep me happy like all day long
So go and talk shit cause it just makes me strong
Don't grease my palm with your filthy cash
Multinationals spreading like a rash
I might stick around or I might be a fad
But I won't sell my songs for no TV ad

Beatsie Beatsie Boys gettin live on the spot
Puttin all kinds of shame in the game you got
We keep the party movin to the broad day light
g-e-t-l-i-v-e, aw-iiight

*Can't get enough of that funk*


Flowin' Prose
    Known samples:
        excerpts from The Pair Extraordinaire LP by The Pair Extraordinaire.

I'm flowing prose to cons and cons to pros
I'm scheming rhyme against reason like it was flow against know
But beyond the concepts and emotions that rise
To the interconnectedness that underlies
The lies upon lies have lost their meaning
The plies upon plies of consciousness that is being
Over and over I fall I learned to walk from a crawl
It's not sad it's just the way and the purpose of it all
Now every word that you heard that I said that you felt
Was put in place in the space as they were shuffled and dealt
I steal feels from reels but I pay my respects
Paying compliments and disses and deciphering affects
Words are water as I court her, as she is pristine
Words and mics fall to dust and all that's left is the feelings
I give in and I win I try to never complain
Intentions venture to center and then they set the stage
But I'll remain sane making gain without pain
Staining trains with names and driving lanes to the refrain
And keep it positive as pains taking as it is
I'll never turn back cause that's the way I've got to live
So like a cloud carries rain I'm gonna carry my rhyme
Coming like thunder with lightening timing
No hesitation in gestation of thoughts and plans
Ferment time like wine no ploys or scams
Like the islands dot the oceans in the endless seas
Ideas coming to me in answer to my pleas
Woke up this morning right out of a dream
Reached for my pen and pad because my mind was on a rhyme scheme
What can I do with these bones and flesh?
With these animated thoughts in a world repressed?
I'm going down like the rhythms on the winds of change
I'm keeping calm under pressure like a deep-sea range
I'm flowing prose to cons and cons to pros
I'm like Toucan Sam when I follow my nose
    Toucan Sam is the mascot for Kellog's Fruit Loop cereal.  In television commercials, Toucan Sam sings: "I follow my nose, it always knows"
I'm giving shouts to Gandhi, Gravy and King
    Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) lead a movement of independence from British rule in his homeland of India with a method of non-violence. Wavy Gravy has not only had a Ben and Jerry's ice cream named after him, but he's also devoted his life to helping people, most notably (and probably for his inclusion here in Yauch's shout-out) was his role in providing relief to Pakistani flood victims in Nepal, which lead to the creation of the Seva Foundation.  Finally,  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was the leading advocate of peaceful, nonviolent demonstration during the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, before his assassination.
His Holiness and all enlightened beings
    His Holiness is the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, Tenzin Gyatso.
I'll be the one who screams it on the microphone
I'll be the one who brings it inside your home
But the words ain't mine I just pass em along
For Betty Williams and her friends I sing this song
    Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan co-received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1976 for their establishment of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement.
And more ink from my pen and more tears from my eyes
And more crimes are committed as I say these lines

And Me

Once again I'm all wrapped up in me
My best friends my own worst enemy
Electricity and gravity
Oh my god now take a look at me
My life line's run by AT&T
They got their wires all up in me
Is push and pull the way it's got to be
Once again I'm all wrapped up in me and me

Three MC's And One DJ

*Hey, yo, Adam, what's up? This is Mix Master Mike, I'm calling from Sacramento.
 Um.. uh... I've been wanting to hook up with you, maybe on some tracks.
 I got some shit right here.... if you would...
 ...my turntable through a wah-wah.
 ...called the tweaky scratch*
    Apparently from a phone answering machine.

Cause nobody can do it like Mix Master Mike can
    The first line of the song mirrors a McDonald's ad jingle from the late 1970s.
Come on
I've got the D double O, D double O style
Here we go again because it's been awhile
Do me a favor don't touch that dial
I rock from Manhattan to the Miracle Mile
    Manhattan is a borrough of NYC, while the Miracle Mile is a community of Los Angeles.  Site visitor Steve M adds that the Miracle Mile is also a strip of stores in Manhasset, New York on Long Island.
My name's Mike D and I'm the ladies choice
I want to get next to you like Rose Royce
    "I Wanna Get Next To You" - Rose Royce (1976).
Y'all gather round to hear my golden voice
Cause when its time to rhyme you know I get noice
Cruising like a fan boat on the glade
He'll tweak ass your ass across the cross fade
So watch your back when he takes the stage
Or he'll send you off on a naked rampage
3 MC's and one DJ
We be getting down with no delay
Mix Master Mike what cha got to say?
*bug out*
    this sample obviously is the same that can be found on "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" but I don't know where that sample came from, nor is it possible to discern if Mix Master Make sampled the original or took it from Paul's Boutique.
*the mic*
*all the time*

Sweet and sour like a tangerine
Fresh like a box of Krispy Kremes
    Krispy Kreme is a national chain of doughnut stores.
Kenny Rogers' Gambler is my gambling theme
    "The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers (1978).
Mix Master Mike with the scratch routine
Always updated and in the know
You know we break it down going toe to toe
The bass is booming from down below
And Norton is chillin with Mario
Well my name is Adrock I'm a Scorpio
    Adrock's birthday is October 31st, which places him under the astrological sign of Scorpio (October 24-November 22).
Don't ask me cause I just don't know
I'm known to mop I'm known to glow
    Mop-n-Glow is a no-wax floor cleaner.
But don't get mad cause I gots to go
Three MC's and one DJ
We be getting down with no delay
Mix Master Mike what cha got to say?
*gotta get down*

Mix Master cut faster

All top secret and classified
I grab a hold of a mic and let the words glide
It's all hypnotic and sanctified
I never wanna let a bad day slip by
We be getting stupid in your area
Causing all kinds of hysteria
My beats is sick like malaria
But don't worry I'll take care of ya
Me and Adam Adam and Mario C
    Diamond, Yauch, Horovitz, and Mario Caldato, Jr., respectively.
When we're in the studio it's the place to be
To all beings everywhere be happy and free
With Mix Master Mike we're making history
Three MC's and one DJ
We be getting down with no delay
Mix Master Mike what you got to say?
*goddamn that DJ made my day*

*you came up with that one, Joe, oh my goodness*
    sounds like Biz Markie

The Grasshopper Unit(Keep Movin')
    Known samples:
        "I've Gotta Keep Movin'" - Alex Bradford and Company.

*that's right, comin' to ya all day and all night...*

Dear Alex and Marilyn
They're Lovey and Thurston howellin
    Lovey and Thurston Howell were the super-rich couple on the television sitcom Gilligan's Island.
The grasshopper unit is prowellin
And Rufus is back home growellin
    In his song "Walking the Dog" (1964), Rufus Thomas growels and barks. It has also been suggested that Mike D's dog is named Rufus and that it wsa a reference to the fact that they were recording the album in New York, with Rufus being "back home".
For all of y'all that are dozin
On Hornblower's lederhosen
    Nathaniel Hornblower is Yauch's uncle and a longtime collaborator on the Beastie Boys' video endeavors.  The lederhosen refers to the traditional leg stocking of the Swiss, Hornblower's nationality.  A should also point out, that the family resemblance between Hornblower and Yauch is remarkable ;-).
Like Walt Disney he'll be frozen
    Rumor has it that Walt Disney (1901-1966) was cryogenically preserved.
And then the Swiss Hall of Fame he goes in
Cause when he's out in space carousin
Pick up my mic and start joustin
His name plate medallion
Says never trust a HAL 9000
    HAL 9000 was the name of the computer in Arthur C. Clarke's film  2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick (1968).
Can't, Won't, Don't stop rockin to the rhythm 'cause I get down cause I
Check the horizontal hold and check the tint
    Televisions come with various settings for controlling the picture on the screen, two common ones are the "tint" and "horizontal hold".
Are these three fools back at it again
Inspector Clouseau and Derek Flint
    Inspector Clouseau, the animated French detective was later popularized by Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films.  According to a Beastie Boys interview in Rolling Stone magazine (RS 792), Yauch is a huge fan of Sellers and checks into hotels under the name "I. Clouseau".
    Derek Flint is a fictional spy portrayed by James Coburn in the films Our Man Flint (Mann, 1966) and In Like Flint.(Douglas, 1967).
Nothin but sparks ignitin'
Check two one two mic testin
This one goes out to Dechen
    Adam Yauch's wife, Dechen Wangdu.
Rise fallen fighters take your stance again
Don't think too much about the color of skin
Order in vegetarian sharks fin
Try to keep my life non violent
Rewind the tape and punch me in
Like Chuck D with the where you never been I'm in
    "Rebel Without a Pause" - Public Enemy (1988).  Original lyric is:
        "Yes - the rhythm, the rebel
         Without a pause - I'm lowering my level
         The hard rhymer - where you never been I'm in
         You want stylin' - you know it's time again "

Can't, Won't, Don't stop rockin to the rhythm 'cause I get down cause I get
I'm a long way from where I've been but I gotta keep movin'
Ooh my my I'm really not feeling it
Ooh my my something's really wrong
The p.a. sound is deafenin bitin' MCs I'm oustinin
With spinach in your teeth you're grinnin
So on your way out please take a mint
Got the studio to throw a craze in
The basslines Yauch just lays in
This song is the grass you're grazin
Add a little flange and phase in
Don't get mad 'cause I'm beguilin
I'm off the hook so don't bother dialin
They're gonna put me in the b-i-n.
And if I die notify the next of kin
It's like that y'all
Can't, Won't, Don't stop
Song For Junior

I'm hypnotized by you

I Don't Know

What's pleasing to the eye
In the delusion of my sight
Is not what I find when I reach into the light
I have lost my mind
I'm walking through time
Deluded as the next guy
Pretending and hoping to find
That distant peace of mind
I don't know
Who does know
There is no
Where to go
It's not so simple as I try to wish
But then again what is?
There is no other worthy quest
So on I go

The Negotiation Limerick File
    Known samples:
        "Poor Ole Trash Man" - Barbara Lynn
        excerpts from the "In"-Citement LP - The Pair Extraordinaire.

My DJ's got the cuts and the beats are on
We're comin with the limericks and we're comin' strong
And the rhythm's on time to every word and rhyme
When it comes to keep it real I keep it really wrong
At the risk of sounding crass I would like to mention
That I am well aware of your wack intentions
To usurp my prose you so and so
It's my primary bone of contention
I tell you everybody I've had it
With all these people with static
I'll go insane if it don't rain
Sucker MC's are problematic
    "Sucker MC's" - Run DMC (1983).
I love it when you hit those switches
A curve ball's what my pitch is
So here we here we come
Like dum ditty dum
I keep all five boroughs in stitches
    The 5 boroughs of New York City are: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens.
The sound sounds sweeter through the echolex
It'll spin you around and throw you in a hex
Until you feel no pain inside your brain
All your worries are soothed by the sound effects
Read it in the Post and the Daily News
    The New York Post and the New York Daily News newspapers.
Listen everybody lets show improve
Don't let me begin about heroin
Living six feet deep just ain't the move
We're giving you soul power
    "Soul Power" - Richard "Groove" Holmes (1967) and James Brown (1971).
I like it sweet and sour
When it comes to rhymes and beat designs
I'm at the control tower
Tell me what makes you so afraid
Of all those people you say you hate
Just give it one time for your mind
And let's try to negotiate

    Known samples:
        "The Firebird Suite" as conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
        "Company" - Dean Jones and Company

Words comin forth like water from the tap
Clap tracks line the spaces places papers people stack
Back track through the minutes when the thoughts went insane
I pulled the picture off the cover and blew out the mind games
People say this is the playlist of the void non-bound
But I can say this is the plainness of the peace I've found
It's not the sorrow or the pity that we hope to dismantle
It's the cast of past dice lighting both ends of the candles
Scandelescent in the means I have dreamed on the schemes
Reunited in the times of such picturesque scenes
Can I get a witness to testify
Open your eyes realize electrify
So I plan and I scam and write it off on my taxes
It's times like these I'll just go with the decisions of the masses
And to the crowds who've come before with their profit massing ways
To the greed that fucked it up and brought it down to today
With pain I stand sane and remain holding strong
Whilst all around me those who clowned me are now drowning by the throngs
It's illogical the actions that are typically displayed
A set back ain't all that much problem to invade
So I will glow like a lantern on a new moon night
I'll fight violence with these hands that weren't built to fight
But like a furnace burning coal my goals are bound to burn in flames
Whether achieved or dismantled by the agendas displayed
Can I get a witness to testify?
Open your eyes realize electrify

Picture This

Something on the windowsill
Caught her eye and held her still
The cars pass by outside
Nowhere left to hide
Picture this now crystal clear
Nothing left to hold her here
And creeping up meanwhile
Traces of a smile
Eyes open wide to see if I could fly


Goin off the hook like Latrell Spreewell
    Early in 1998, Latrell Spreewell of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team physically attacked his coach during a basketball game.
I've got the ill technique so you know me fe well
We be kickin bass all up in your face
And when it comes to beats well I'm the rhythm ace
Now if you check my pulse it beats skull snaps
I keep all my rhymes in my Le Sportsac
So what if I'm a ham and cheese on rye
I got to do my thing and that's no lie
Well ice is cold and fire is hot
When it comes to competition we've got them locked
A little shout to Ian and little Zoe
    Someone has suggested to me that Ian is the name of the Grand Royal CEO figurehead and administrator of the website, and that Zoe is his daughter. I have yet to confirm this. Site visitor Jon adds: "I can confirm that this is true. I worked at Yahoo! Music with Ian Rogers. He has had a long running friendship with the B-Boys, built the website grandroyal.com for them, has done interviews for the grand royal mag (interviewed Kid Rock!), has been on tour etc etc. His daughter Zoe recently opened for the B Boys at the Greek Theater in LA (The Mix Up tour) with a DJ set of tracks to "set the mood". You can find a video of the event and Zoe spinning at Ian's personal blog, fistfulayen.com.

One can wonder why but can't deny
If we could work it out it would be so fly
We'll never know unless we try
So tell me party people what's your zodiac sign
Breakdancers of the world unite
BBoys of the world unite
I went inside the deli and my man's like what
I write the songs that make the whole world suck
    "I Write the Songs" - Barry Manilow (1975).  Original lyrics:
            "I write the songs that make the whole world sing"
I need to break it down every chance I get
So "Ssshhh we keep it raw on the set"
Automation circulation
This is for the people all around the nations
I got books with hooks and it looks like rain
Would someone on the Knicks please drive the lane
    The New York Knickerbockers professional basketball team.
Now rhymes are mantequilla on a track by us
    "Mantequilla" is Spanish for butter.
I've got to keep my mind clear so I don't bust
If you got bad breath then maybe try Scope
    Scope is a brand of mouth-wash.
And if you wash your ass you best use soap
People of the world you realize
We got to get together and harmonize
I feel I'm comin down with the boogaloo flu
    Reminiscent of "Slow and Low" - The Beastie Boys (1986). Original lyric:
        "It's never old school - all brand new/So everybody catch - the boogaloo flu"
Ravers of the world unite
We're the scientists of sound
We're mathematically puttin' it down
    "Heaven at Once" - Kool and the Gang (1973). Original lyric:
            "y'see, we're scientists of sound, we're mathematically puttin' it down"
When lightning strikes best grab a ground
Got to get up to get down
I've got the terminator style with a touch of the tweak
Technics 1200's I'm known to freak
    A favorite among professional DJ's and vinly enthusiasts is the Technics SL1200.
I don't like to fight, I don't carry a piece
I wear permanent press so I'm always creased
Mike D with the rump shakin action
Do it like this for the intergalaction
I practice asana daily so I'm very flexible
    Asana is the third stage of Kriya Yoga.  Asana's goal is to "develop strength, flexibility, balance and endurance of the physical body."
I'm a Scorpio so you know I'm very sexual
    Ad Rock was born on October 31st under the sign of Scorpio..
Shouts to Rach and my brother Matthew
    Rachael and Matthew Horovitz are Adam's siblings. Matthew Horovitz was the director for Grand Royal artist Ben Lee's video "New Song". Rachael has been Vice-President of Production and Acquisitions for Fine Line Features since 1996.  You can find her name in the production credits of such films as Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Budding Prospects (1999).  You can also find her acting in a small role of the film Author! Author! (1982), directed by Arthur Hiller and written by Israel Horovitz, their  father.

In money makin it's how we do
I be smokin roaches in the vestibule
In the next millennium I'll still be old school (Ron)
I call em crullers but you know they're called CRAWLERS
    Cruellers are a french pastry similar in texture and flavor to a donunt, but the dough is braided.
We keep it movin to the broad day light
BGirls of the world unite alright
Keep it on and on


I wanna take this minute to introduce you to my people....

This one is for Sao Paulo
    Mario Caldato hails from Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.
This one's for the A-town
To Sac-town, the whole Bay Area and all galaxies
    Sacramento and San Francisco California, respectively.
This goes out to the Albee Square Mall
    According to site-visitor TIMREKTHEGORF, Albee Square Mall is located in Brooklyn.
This one's for...
Bombay, España, upper Tazmania, Scandinavia
To all the people in the Dead Seas
This one is for Newcastle where Venom come from
    Newcastle, England is the home of heavy metal band Venom.
This one's for Gloucester,  Massachusetts
New Delhi ...
The .. brothers
Cairo, Miami, Xenon, 14th street

Dr. Lee, PhD

Jungle, jungle
Merlin Production Company
Black Ark International branch
    Black Ark was the name of the legendary recording studio that Lee Perry built in 1974 and released scores of dub reggae records until it was destroyed by fire in 1979.

Instant Death

And what do you do when
Your man kills himself and
    Dave Scilken died of a drug overdose in 1991.
How do I make friends now
And where is my Mom
    Doris Horovitz passed away in 1985.
I need to show her that
She taught me
And please let me
Die an instant death