Girls (Beastie Boys song)

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Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
B-side "She's Crafty"
Released May 6, 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1986
Genre Hip hop
Length 2:14
Label Def Jam, Columbia
Writer(s) Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
"Hey Ladies"

"Girls" is a song by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys, released in 1987 as well as the music video as the seventh and final single from their debut album Licensed to Ill. Like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", this song was never performed live and it is one of the few songs on the album that are not in the vein of their standard rap songs.

Song structure and lyrics[edit]

The song is the shortest on the album, lasting just over 2 minutes long. The song's instrumental is relatively simple, consisting of a drum beat being played over a vibraphone loop, with occasional pauses. The song contains many similarities to the song "Shout" by The Isley Brothers.

Lyrically, the song talks about the narrator (Ad-Rock)'s desire for women. He recalls a previous experience with a woman, who loves his "homepiece" MCA, who refuses to "give her play". He asks him if he can spend time with her, and after being given approval, they take a walk down to a bay, where she rejects his proposal to date her. She eventually moves away, but in the present day the narrator sees her again, "jocking Mike D to [Ad-Rock's] dismay".


March 2014, Beastie Boys Settle Lawsuit Over 'Girls' Toy Commercial, Toy company GoldieBlox will issue public apology and payment to Beastie Boys-selected charity.[3]


Chart (1987) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart[4] 34


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