I'm the Man (EP)

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I'm the Man
EP by Anthrax
Released 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Thrash metal, rap metal, comedy rock
Length 28:01
Label Island
Producer Anthrax, Eddie Kramer, Paul Hammingson
Anthrax EP chronology
Armed and Dangerous
(1985)Armed and Dangerous1985
I'm the Man
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]

I'm the Man is the name of the second EP by the band Anthrax. The album was released in 1987 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island Records (although the song was supposedly written three years before [4] ). The band, Eddie Kramer and Paul Hammingson produced the album, which includes the single "I'm the Man". I'm the Man was certified platinum by the RIAA and its title song is considered among the first rap metal songs.

Its title track is a comedy/novelty song which parodies the style of the Beastie Boys, as well as the main guitar riff being based on the melody of the Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila" (guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz—as well as all the members of the Beastie Boys—are Jewish). On live performances, Joey Belladonna and Charlie Benante would switch places, Benante performing some of the raps and Belladonna drumming. A 7" single also appeared, containing only tracks 2 and 3.


The beginning of "I'm the Man" features an electric guitar sample of Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila", which can also be heard in the chorus. The chorus' lyrics are borrowed from one of Taylor Negron's lines in the Rodney Dangerfield movie "Easy Money." Rather than using a sample, the lines are performed by Frankie Bello. Anthrax even used one of Sam Kinison's famous primal screams for the song.

In "I'm the Man", right out of the gate after Sam's iconic scream, opens with a sample of "In A Big Country" from Big Country, and at about 1:55 a sample of the Metallica song "Master of Puppets" from their 1986 album Master of Puppets can be heard. A few times after "I'm The Man" is said, you can hear "Shut Up" from Run–D.M.C.'s "You Talk Too Much" off their 1985 album King of Rock. Quite a few times throughout "I'm the Man" the "Yeah" that begins the song "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by the Beastie Boys on their 1986 debut, Licensed to Ill is sampled. Also, the main drum rhythm through the song is very reminiscent to Billy Squier's "The Big Beat", from his debut album The Tale of the Tape.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm the Man" (Censored Radio version) Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, John Rooney 3:03
2. "I'm the Man" (Def Uncensored version) Belladonna, Spitz, Ian, Bello, Benante, Rooney 3:04
3. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (Black Sabbath cover) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward 5:48
4. "I'm the Man" (Live) Belladonna, Spitz, Ian, Bello, Benante, Rooney 4:39
5. "Caught in a Mosh" (Live) Anthrax 5:34
6. "I Am the Law" (Live) Anthrax, Danny Lilker 5:48



  1. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Anthrax: I'm the Man". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer's Guide: Anthrax". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "MetroLyrics Anthrax - I'm the Man '91". Metrolyrics. Feb 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-18.