THE BEASTIE BOYS – “Paul Revere”

“Paul Revere” is a song by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the third single from their debut album Licensed to Ill (1986). It was written by Adam Horovitz, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Rick Rubin. It was produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys. The song tells a fictional story of how the Beastie Boys met.

Adam Horovitz told how the song evolved from an incident when the Beastie Boys were waiting outside a recording studio for Run-D.M.C., when Joseph Simmons (“Run”) suddenly came running down the street screaming incoherently. When he reached the Beastie Boys, he said “Here’s a little story I got to tell…”. After much confusion, Simmons stated, “THAT’s the song”. The band worked on it from there.

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