An Open Letter to NYC

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"An Open Letter to NYC"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album To the 5 Boroughs
B-side Instrumental / A cappella (12")
Released November 2004
Format
Recorded 2004 at Oscilloscope Laboratories (Tribeca, New York)
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 4:18
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Beastie Boys
Producer(s) Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Now Get Busy"
(2004)
"An Open Letter to NYC"
(2005)
"The Electric Worm"
(2007)

"An Open Letter to NYC" is a song by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys. It was released as the third single from their sixth studio album, To the 5 Boroughs, in November 2004. The single entered and peaked at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was used during the opening credits of an episode of HBO's Taxicab Confessions, and is also included in the video game NBA Street V3. The Beastie Boys performed the song live during the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, on November 18, at the Tor di Valle Hippodrome, in Rome.[1]

Composition[edit]

The song's lyrics talk about the group's affection for their homeplace, New York City. It also alludes to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The song samples "Sonic Reducer" by The Dead Boys,[2] and also features a brief sample of "New York's My Home" by Robert Goulet.[2] The Goulet sample was cut from the Solid Gold Hits version of the song.

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "An Open Letter to NYC"   4:18
2. "MTL Reppin' for the 514"   3:01
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "An Open Letter to NYC" (Instrumental) 4:13
2. "An Open Letter to NYC" (A cappella) 3:19

CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "An Open Letter to NYC" (Andy Wallace Mix) 4:02
2. "An Open Letter to NYC"   4:22
3. "An Open Letter to NYC" (A cappella) 3:19
4. "An Open Letter to NYC" (Instrumental) 4:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 17
UK Singles Chart[6] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beastie Boys: "Open Letter to NYC"". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Beastie Boys - An Open Letter to NYC". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - Beastie Boys". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-05-11.