So What'cha Want

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"So What'cha Want"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Check Your Head
B-side "The Skills to Pay the Bills", "Groove Holmes"
Released June 2, 1992
Format CD single, 7"
Genre Rap rock
Length 3:36
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch
Producer(s) Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Pass the Mic"
"So What'cha Want"
"Jimmy James"

"Pass the Mic"
"So What'cha Want"
"Jimmy James"
Music video
"So What'cha Want" on YouTube

"So What'cha Want" is the second single from the album Check Your Head by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys, released on June 2, 1992. The song samples "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane featuring Biz Markie, and "I've Been Watching You" by Southside Movement. The song also appears in the video game Rock Band 2.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Nathanial Hörnblowér, simply has the Beastie Boys recite the song in a woodland area, with clips of DJ Hurricane and Money Mark interspersed throughout. It was one of the first music videos to feature slow motion action while the artists' lips remained in sync with the sound track, an effect that would later become a mainstay of music videos.[1] The sky has a photo negative effect, a direct allusion to the werewolf point-of-view in 1981 horror film Wolfen. Similarly, the infrared style incorporated during the band cutaways are a homage to the hunter vision in Predator.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "So What'cha Want" (Single version) – 3:37
  2. "The Skills to Pay the Bills" (Original version) – 3:14
  3. "So What'cha Want" (Soul Assassin Remix version) – 4:06
  4. "Groove Holmes" (LP version) – 2:34
  5. "So What'cha Want" (Butt Naked version) – 3:25
  6. "Groove Holmes" (Live vs. the Biz) – 6:10
  7. "So What'cha Want" (All the Way Live Freestyle version) – 3:37


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 93
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[4] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[4] 18
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[5] 22


  1. ^ "How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Check Your Head – Beastie Boys – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 

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