Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
The Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill captured the hearts and minds of suburban, middle-class teens who yearned for something bold and fresh yet palatable. It was their second album, Paul’s Boutique, through which they gained something far greater: critical and hip-hop community respect. The Beastie Boys expanded their music palette by offering inspired, obscure samples while raising the stakes with their sonic output and dense wordplay. This album’s cover captures the true essence of a bygone era of Lower East Side of Manhattan. It also visualizes their new and improved sound.