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"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
B-side "Posse in Effect"
Released 1987
Recorded Spring 1986
Genre Hard rock
Heavy metal
Rap rock
Hip hop
Length 4:09
Label Def Jam/Columbia Records
Producer Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"/"Posse in Effect"

"No Sleep till Brooklyn" is a song by Beastie Boys as well as the third single on their debut studio album Licensed to Ill. The name of the song itself is a play on Motörhead's No Sleep 'til Hammersmith album.


Production and play

The guitar riffs and solo are played by Slayer guitarist Kerry King, who had also released an album produced by Rick Rubin in 1986 (Reign in Blood). The song interpolates "T.N.T." by AC/DC (though tuned in a different way). [1] The video, directed by Ric Menello, is a parody of heavy metal music.

The song is still performed live, although with altered lyrics to reflect their more mature attitude towards women. "M.C.A.'s in the back because he's skeezin' with a hoe," is changed to "M.C.A.'s in the back at the Mahjong hall".


  • The song is also on the soundtrack of the Steven Seagal movie Out for Justice.
  • The Canadian teen drama Instant Star named its second season premiere two part episode after this song. The show is known for naming each of its episodes after a hit song.
  • The Cleveland Indians use the song to introduce their starting lineup.
  • The song is a playable track in the 2008 music video game Guitar Hero World Tour.
  • Former WWE and ECW Superstar Nunzio used an instrumental version of No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn as an entrance theme for part of his tenure in WWE.
  • Rapper Tone Loc sampled the riff for his song "Ace Is In The House", Which was recorded in the credits of 1994 film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Covers and parodies


Chart (1987) Peak
German Singles Chart 46
UK Singles Chart 14




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