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"Hold It Now, Hit It"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded Spring 1986
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:27
Label Def Jam/Columbia Records
Writer(s) Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin
Producer Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"She's on It"
"Hold It Now, Hit It"
"The New Style"

"Hold It Now, Hit It" is a song by the New York hip hop group, the Beastie Boys. It was a single released off their first album Licensed to Ill. It is also remixed on the album New York State of Mind. The song contains samples from "The Return of Leroy" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, "Drop the Bomb" & "Let's Get Small" by Trouble Funk, "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang, "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James, "Christmas Rappin'" by Kurtis Blow & "La Di Da Di" by Slick Rick. The song was sampled by Eric B. & Rakim in their song "As the Rhyme Goes On", sampling the part when they say "Pump it up, homeboy".

In 2008, it was ranked number 27 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.


Track listing

Side one

  1. "Hold It Now, Hit It"
  2. "Hold It Now, Hit It" (Instrumental)

Side two

  1. "Hold It Now, Hit It" (A capella)


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 41
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 55

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