As the Sabbath nears, and your weekend is just hours away, consider this tidbit spotted by the good folks at The Bowery Boogie and The New York Daily News: Licensed to Ill became first rap album to reach of the top of the Billboard charts 30 years ago this month (March 7, to be exact). The Rick Rubin-produced album, which features guitar-laden bangers like “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” and “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party),” and my personal favorite, “Brass Monkey,” should make for a nice weekend soundtrack.
Here’s a video of the trio freestylin’ on Orchard Street on the Lower East side in a 1986 promo for MTV. Enjoy.
Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.