Shadrach (Beastie Boys song)

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Beastie Boys Shadrach Single 7-inch.jpg
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Paul's Boutique
ReleasedOctober 30, 1989
Length4:08 (single)
Songwriter(s)Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike Dike, John King, Michael Simpson
Producer(s)Beastie Boys, Dust Brothers, Mario Caldato Jr.
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Hey Ladies"
"Pass the Mic"
Music video
"Shadrach" on YouTube

"Shadrach" is a song by rap trio Beastie Boys from their album Paul's Boutique. Released on October 30, 1989, it was the second and final single released from the album.

The song refers to the Biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace in the Book of Daniel. However, the lyrics "Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego" in the track are used and sampled from Sly Stone's "Loose Booty", where they are repeated and spoken rhythmically throughout the track in an almost rap-like form.[1] In verse two, the lyric, So I'm out pickin' pockets at the Atlantic Antic, refers to an annual Brooklyn street festival of that name.

The drum beat is a loop from the song “Hot & Nasty” by Black Oak Arkansas and played by drummer Tommy Aldridge.

Also in the song is a reference to the AC/DC album For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), in the lyrics "For those about to rock we salute you".

The video released to promote the Beastie Boys' song was directed by Adam Yauch under his pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower.[2] Its style and artistic beauty (each frame was painted by hand) resulted in it being included in the 22nd International Tournée of Animation. The video can be seen on the Beastie Boys Criterion Collection DVD set. The music video was designed by famous animation studio Klasky Csupo.

Also released on the EP An Exciting Evening at Home with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

Track listing[edit]

2."And What You Give Is What You Get"3:42


The sources of the song's samples can be found on WhoSampled.



  1. ^ "Sly And The Family Stone - Loose Booty Lyrics and Info". Sly And The Family Stone Dot Net.
  2. ^ "Shadrach (1989)". IMDb.