Watch the Beastie Boys Freestyle Down Orchard Street in 1986 MTV Spot [VIDEO]
Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. That feat happened thirty years ago, in March 1987, barely four months after its release.
Coming off this anniversary, it’s only fitting to revisit this classic MTV plug from 1986. It’s a quick, thirty-second freestyle while walking down what looks to be Orchard Street (near Delancey).
Licensed to Ill later spent 73 weeks on the Billboard 200 and sell 9 million copies in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
The clip is via LeRoy McCarthy, the rabble-rouser who remains committed to the co-naming of Beastie Boys Square at Ludlow and Rivington Street. You’ll recall that his months-long campaign in the beginning of 2014 netted international headlines alongside the ire of Community Board 3 which bungled the application. The proposal ultimately ended in a denial, yet not without dragging then-Chair Gigi Li through the mud.
McCarthy persists, nonetheless. Until it happens, the mural by Danielle Mastrion that he commissioned remains surprisingly intact.