I first listened to this album when I was eight years old. Actually, this album was my introduction to the awesomeness that is Beastie Boys.
I wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop/rap music, since my father deemed it “too suggestive” for my young ears. My cousin, Jeff, he was much older than me, so it was easy for him to get his hands on some “suggestive” music.
I remember sneaking the Ill Communication cassette into my bedroom and listening to it on my Walkman. Oh nostalgia! I was too young to fully understand the lyrics, but I knew the Beasties were anti-conformity. That was enough for me. Instant love!
No matter how many times I listen to this album, Sabotage will forever remain my favorite track, simply because of what it stands for: not taking any bullshit from people who think they can bring you down with their misguided bullshit; and carving out your own path in life, not walking the same lame road as everyone else.
Also, that’s the message behind my avatar.
So Listen Up ‘Cause You Can’t Say Nothin’ You Shut Me Down With A Push Of Your Button But yo, I’m Out And I’m Gone I’ll Tell You Now I Keep It On And On
'Cause What You See You Might Not Get And We Can Bet, So Don’t You Get Souped Yet Scheming On A Thing That’s A Mirage I’m Tryin’ To Tell You Now It’s Sabotage