B-Boy Bouillabaisse

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"B-Boy Bouillabaisse"
Song by Beastie Boys from the album Paul's Boutique
Released July 25, 1989
Genre Hip hop
Length 12:33
Label Capitol Records
Writer MCA
Mike D
Producer Beastie Boys
Dust Brothers
Mario Caldato Jr.
Paul's Boutique track listing
"Ask for Janice"
"B-Boy Bouillabaisse"

"B-boy Bouillabaisse" is the 15th and final track on the album Paul's Boutique by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys, released on July 25, 1989. It is a suite consisting of nine sections. Bouillabaisse is a French speciality from Marseille.

Jacob Adams of PopMatters called it "One of the great denouements in the history of pop music, a 12-minute suite in the tradition of the collection of unfinished song fragments that make up the second half of Abbey Road." [1]

The track was produced and written by the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers. It was engineered by Mario Caldato and Allen Abrahamson.

Rapper Jay-Z released a sequel to "Hello Brooklyn" entitled "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" on his 2007 album American Gangster. Produced by Bigg D, the track sampled the original's bassline and drums, as well as Beastie Boys rapper Ad-Rock's vocal intro


  1. "59 Chrystie Street" – :57



    • 59 Chrystie Street is an early residence of the Beastie Boys where they honed their skills and transitioned from hardcore punk to hip hop. A 1998 article in Spin described the residence: "The first time [the Beastie Boys] got any money was when they sued British Airways for using part of 'Cooky Puss' in an ad. Horovitz worked at a little ice cream shop that was like our club house. The minute they got that cheque, he quit his job and would buy stuff for everybody. It just felt like paradise." Said Mike D: "That money enabled us to make the move for independence. We got a floor in this Chinese sweatshop building on Chrystie Street (on the lower East Side of Manhattan)." According to Adam Yauch: "The floor was blacktop. Somebody had actually rolled tar across it, like the street. One time we were hanging out in the living room and we heard this really loud explosion in the kitchen. Our toaster oven had a hole in the top and a hole in the back. There was a hole in the wall behind it and a hole in the ceiling. Apparently, somebody upstairs fired a gun through the floor. We ran up there and there was nobody in the room but this old woman. We were like, 'What happened?' and she didn't speak English. You know some crazy shit had just happened in that sweatshop and they had quickly covered it up. Dragged the body out."[2]
  2. "Get on the Mic" – 1:14


  3. "Stop That Train" – 1:59


  4. "A Year and a Day" – 2:22


  5. "Hello Brooklyn" – 1:32


  6. "Dropping Names" – 1:03


  7. "Lay It on Me" – :54


  8. "Mike on the Mic" – :48


  9. "A.W.O.L." – 1:46



    • After "A.W.O.L." ends, there is a brief reprisal of "To All the Girls", the first track on the album.


  1. ^ Adams, Jacob (26 March 2012). "Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – "B-Boy Bouillabaisse"". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ The Story Of Yo
  3. ^ Stop That Train – Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique Samples and References List

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