Brass Monkey

Beastie Boys

About Brass Monkey

"Brass Monkey" is a song by the American rap group Beastie Boys. It was a single released from their first album Licensed to Ill. It is also on the Beastie Boys' compilation album Solid Gold Hits. It samples "Bring It Here" by Wild Sugar. The song features the Roland TR-808 drum machine. The song is named after an alcoholic drink of the same name, which is mentioned several times throughout the song.


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Brass Monkey, that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

Brass, got this dance that's more than real
Drink Brass Monkey here's how you feel
Put your left leg down your right leg up
Tilt your head back let's finish the cup
M.C.A. With the bottle (D. Rocks the can)
Adrock gets nice with Charlie Chan
We're offered Moet (we don't mind Chivas)
Wherever we go with bring the Monkey with us
Adrock drinks three (Mike D. Is D.)
Double R. Foots the bill most definitely
I drink Brass Monkey and I rock well
I got a Castle in Brooklyn (that's where I dwell)

Brass Monkey that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

Because I drink it anytime and anyplace
When it's time to get ill I pour it on my face
Monkey tastes Def when you pour it on ice
Come on y'all it's time to get nice
Coolin' by the lockers getting kind of funky
Me and the crew we're drinking Brass Monkey
This girl walked by she gave me the eye
I reached in the locker grabbed the Spanish Fly
I put it with the Monkey mixed it in the cup
Went over to the girl, "Yo baby, what's up?"
I offered her a sip (sip) the girl she gave me lip (lip)
It did begin the stuff wore in and now she's on my tip

Brass Monkey that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey (Brass)

Step up to the bar put the girl down
She takes a big gulp and slaps it around
Take a sip you can do it (you get right to it)
We had a case in the place and we went right through it
You got a dry Martini thinking you're cool
I'll take your place at the bar I smack you off your stool
I'll down a '40 dog" in a single gulp
And if you got beef you'll get beat to a pulp
Monkey and parties and reelin' and rockin'
Def, def (girls, girls) all y'all jockin'
The song and dance keeping you in a trance
If you don't buy my record I got my advance
I drink it (I think it) I see it (I be it)
I love Brass Monkey but I won't give D. It
We got the bottle, you got the cup
Come on everybody let's get fff

Brass Monkey that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

Brass Monkey that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

Brass Monkey

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Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys is an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group has consisted of three MCs and musicians Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar). more »

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Written by: Rick Rubin, Adam Keefe Horovitz, Adam Nathaniel Yauch, Michael Louis Diamond

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Brass Monkey" is a song released by the American rap group, the Beastie Boys, from their debut album "Licensed to Ill" in 1986.
Song Title
The song is named after a cocktail, which consists of rum, vodka, and orange juice, showing the group's passion and wild adolescence.
Song Popularity
"Brass Monkey" reached #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of Beastie Boys’ most popular songs.
Thematic References
The song is famous for its playful lyrics that reference partying and alcohol consumption, encapsulating the Beastie Boys' party-animal persona.
Production Scale
The song was produced by one of the notable American record producers and DJs, Rick Rubin, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings.
Unique Instrumental
"Brass Monkey" incorporates various samples from other music, like "Bring it Here" by the band Wild Sugar. It is also recognized for its particular use of the Oberheim DMX drum machine.
Beastie Boys Classic
"Brass Monkey" is often cited as a classic example of the Beastie Boys' early style, with its punk-influenced hip hop.
Musical Influence
The song played a significant role in popularizing rap-rock in the mid-1980s as it blended rock and rap in a unique and creative way.
In 2009, the Beastie Boys performed an instrumental reworking of "Brass Monkey" during their live concerts.
Inclusion in Media
The track has been featured in many films, TV shows, and video games including the comedy movie "The Campaign" and the Grand Theft Auto video game series by Rockstar Games.
Veterans of The Genre
The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and "Brass Monkey" is considered one of their signature songs.
Cultural Impact
Within popular culture, "Brass Monkey" continues to be celebrated for its fun, party-centric theme and has since become an anthem for enjoyment and liberation.

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