Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  20 responses

Licensed to Ball

The Beastie Boys’ best hoops references.

It feels safe to assume the Beastie Boys are pretty big hoop heads. Group members have produced basketball documentaries, been spotted at Knicks games (Ad-Rock led player introductions last week) and all three were featured with former NBAer Anthony Mason in SLAM 3. Oh, and they rap about the game all the damn time. In honor of their new album—Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, in stores today—here’s a collection of the Beastie Boys’ best roundball references. It’s time to get ill.

Compiled by Adam Figman

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Anthony Mason line wins.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    This was a wonderful idea.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?


  • http://www.onitsukatigermexico66.us onitsuka tiger

    so nice. the best.

  • Jglide

    Goin off the hook like Latrell Spreewell
    I’ve got the ill technique so you know me fe well

    -Beastie Boys

  • Dirtybird

    Can we get some from Phife Dawg soon, if not already posted?

  • snasty10

    lol i posted about theses guys yesterday on the Fab article, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, is siiick a must have, “to many rappers” with nas is the jam

  • vtrobot

    the spree line is the best one. and the books with hooks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Get It Together is probably my favorite Beastie Boys song

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I like this, but I’m with Dirtybird – let’s do a post about Phife. ‘Cause he’s a hip hop scholar/since being knee-high to a duck/height of Muggsy Bogues/complexion of a hockey puck.


    This was nice. My fav BB songs “Sabatoge” and ” Intergalactic”.

  • raptors delight

    “you cant test me or arrest me,i fake right, cross you over and shoot lefty”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is crazy–Basketball Reference doesn’t have a profile for Harthorne Wingo! What?! Try searching him up… Can it be? Basketball Reference doesn’t have all the basketball answers?

  • Bluntz&40z

    @Teddy the bear maybe it’s because you spelled Hawthorne with an r instead of a w

  • Bluntz&40z

    Or yea because it doesn’t exist

  • r2j

    Beasties made some great B-Ball lines. They missed one when 1 of em’ said Don’t test me/They can’t arrest me/I’ll fake right cross-over and shoot lefty. They made some dope rhymes over the years.

  • fruizm

    there is this irish pub where i live….whenever they play intergalactic the whole place goes wild haha!

  • León

    “Tough Guy/You think you’re like the Shaq/Keep running around/You’ll catch a heart attack”

    This was dedicated to Bill Laimber of the pistons bad boys

  • hillbilly

    “Paul’s Boutique” is a hip-hop masterpiece. That is all.

  • K.a.

    I like how theres not one jordan reference.