The title track samples Steve Martin's "My Real Name", from his 1978 album A Wild and Crazy Guy, as well as The Beastie Boys' own "Beastie Boys" and "Transit Cop" from Polly Wog Stew. It also contains parts of various crank calls from the group to a local Carvel restaurant.
The airline corporation British Airways used a portion of "Beastie Revolution" (without the band's permission) in one of their television ads; the Beastie Boys contacted a lawyer and successfully sued British Airways for $40,000. This money was then used to rent an apartment at 59 Chrystie Street in Chinatown, New York City. This apartment was not only used as a place to live, but also as a place for the group to rehearse and record. While living there, they honed their skills and transitioned from punk rock to hip hop. The apartment was remembered in "59 Chrystie Street", a song on 1989's Paul's Boutique LP.