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Throwback Thursday: Beastie Boys “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”


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The Beastie Boys were a New York hip hop group that began in the early eighties. The song “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” was their breakout hit. MTV picked up the video, and suddenly the group was exposed to a massive audience. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” was off of their debut album Licensed to Ill. Licensed to Ill would shoot up to #1 and would be the first hip-hop album to do so. (songfacts.com) The complicated thing about the song is that it is the Beastie Boys’ least favorite song. The song was originally meant to be a satire, however, because it was the first song that introduced the world to the Beastie Boys, people took it at face value. “'Fight for Your Right' was a parody of the frat culture of the day. Rather than being treated with the desired effect they intended; the track instead became an anthem celebrating the very thing it was poking fun at.” (faroutmagazine.co.uk)