Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill


Game changing and heralding a new dawn in Hip Hop, 1986 saw the debut album from the Beastie Boys arrive and shake up the world. Licensed to Ill was packed with what would become the groups staple in beat and rhymes.  ‘Hold it Now, Hit It‘, ‘She’s Crafty‘, ‘No Sleep ’til Brooklyn‘ and the massive smash ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)‘ all became instant classics and the inclusion of Motorhead references and Slayer’s Kerry King helped them to achieve real crossover status.

Still held in high esteem nearly 30 years later, the album featured a picture of the tail end of a Boeing 737, with the band and Def Jam labels logos emblazoned upon it, the flip of the sleeve saw the front end crashing into a mountain. Here it’s is (just the back) in felt pen for the Hand Drawn Album Covers project.