Dem Vinyl Boys

Dem Vinyl Boyz EP 15 - Licensed to Ill


Dem Vinyl Boyz are back again and this week they’re scratching ‘Licensed to Ill’ a classic record from the eighties by Rock n Roll Hall of Famers The Beastie Boys. This album was a pioneer for hip-hop history as it was the first hip-hop album to ever top the Billboard 200, was certified Platinum, and it sold over 10 million copies. Licensed To Ill was a pun based on a 1965 imitation James Bond film, Licensed To Kill. Strangely, the album pre-dated a real James Bond movie entitled License To Kill by three years. The album’s cover artwork which has gone down in infamy was created by collage artist World B Omes and illustrated an airplane crashing into the side of a cliff. Held up to a mirror, the plane’s serial number, 3MTA3, reads like “EATME”, which was on purpose of course. The inspiration for the songs on this album came from ‘Run-DMC’, whose “Rock Box” had combined rap and rock elements two years prior.

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