Hold It Now, Hit It

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"Hold It Now, Hit It"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
ReleasedApril 15, 1986
RecordedSpring 1986
GenreHip hop
LabelDef Jam/Columbia
Songwriter(s)Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Rick Rubin
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"She's on It"
"Hold It Now, Hit It"
"Paul Revere"

"Hold It Now, Hit It" is a song by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the first single from their debut album Licensed to Ill. It is also remixed on the album New York State of Mind.

In 2008, it was ranked number 27 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Music video[edit]

The video features the three rappers lip synching, ad-libbing, and dancing on a sidewalk in front of and directly to a fish-eye lens interspersed with clips of them on stage and on tour.

Samples and use in sampling[edit]

The song contains samples from "Bertha Butt Boogie" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, "Drop the Bomb" and "Let's Get Small" by Trouble Funk, "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang, "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James, "Christmas Rappin'" by Kurtis Blow and "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D.[1]

The line "Pump it up, homeboy" was sampled by Eric B. & Rakim on their song "As the Rhyme Goes On" and by Ice-T on his song "Ya Don't Quit". The line "Beer drinking, breath stinking, sniffing glue" was sampled by Dr. Dre on Eazy-E's "Boyz-n-the-Hood".

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Hold It Now, Hit It" - 3:30
  2. "Hold It Now, Hit It" (Acapulco) - 3:20

12" single[edit]

  1. "Hold It Now, Hit It" - 3:30
  2. "Hold It Now, Hit It" (Instrumental) - 3:30
  3. "Hold It Now, Hit It" (Acapulco) - 3:20


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[2] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[3] 55


  1. ^ Beastie Boys' Sample-Based Music
  2. ^ "Beastie Boys - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys: Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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