|Single by Beastie Boys|
|from the album Ill Communication|
|Released||May 31, 1994|
|Format||Vinyl, maxi single, CD, Cassette|
|Recorded||1994 at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village; Tin Pan Alley, New York City|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
|Label||Grand Royal, Capitol Records|
|Writer(s)||Beastie Boys, DJ Hurricane, Mario Caldato, Jr., Jeremy Steig|
|Producer||Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.|
|Beastie Boys singles chronology|
"Sure Shot" is a song by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the third single from their 1994 album Ill Communication. The single was released a few days after the release of the album, on May 31, 1994.
It also features 3 new songs, "Mullet Head" (a punk rock style song; the title is a reference to the much-ridiculed mullet hair-style), "Son of Neck Bone" (an instrumental track) and "The Vibes", a more traditional rap song in the manner of "Sure Shot".
The driving force of the track "Sure Shot" is the flute riff, sampled from Jeremy Steig's "Howlin' for Judy", and hardcore beat. In the booklet for the Beastie Boys anthology, The Sounds of Science (1999), Ad-Rock writes of "Sure Shot":
I like this cut a lot. Just straight up hip hop. Like a lot of our songs, it's arranged like a hardcore [punk] song. Mathematical. Intro - verse - chorus - verse - chorus - break - chorus - verse - chorus - end. Nice. The flute line is from the elusive Jeremy Steig. Off the SP1200 it sounds nice.
The Beastie Boys had laid down most of the song, and had put together many of the lyrics, but they were missing a chorus (or hook) for the song. They called DJ Hurricane over the phone to see if he had any ideas, and out of his sleep, over the phone, Hurricane improvised the chorus which would become:
- "Because you can't, you won't, and you don't stop
- When you can't, you won't, and you don't stop
- You know you can't, you won't, and you don't stop
- Mike D come and rock the Sure Shot"
One line includes a reference to the popular 1974 film:
- "Well, it's the taking of Pelham, one, two, three
- If you want a doodie rhyme then come see me".
The single is also remarkable for the verse by Adam Yauch, MCA, in which he challenged the misogyny found in many rap records, including the group's own early records:
- "I want to say a little something that's long overdue
- The disrespect to women has got to be through
- To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends
- I wanna offer my love and respect to the end."
In the video that accompanies the track, Yauch is wearing a hat which he removes while rapping this verse as a montage of women is played on screen.
|UK Singles Chart||27|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||48|
- "Beastie-Boys-Ill-Communication-Remastered-Edition", discogs.com.
- Song Information for "Sure Shot" includes story behind DJ hurricane and the Song's chorus
- "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2011-05-10. Unknown parameter
- "Beastie Boys - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10.