An iconic track that has become a staple in hip-hop and rock music culture

Sabotage is a song by ​the ​US hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the first single from their fourth studio album 'Ill Communication'​.​ ​It's widely considered one of the band's most popular and influential tracks.

Filled with energy and humour, it's a ​funky, ​fast-paced hip-hop song that showcases the Beastie Boys' irreverent and playful lyrics that touch on themes of mischief and chaos. The track's unforgettable instrumental is characterised by a thumping bass line, pounding drums, and ​band member DJMix Master Mike's​​ turntable skills.​

The fuzzy bass riff became the song's central hook, helping propel it to its eventual mega-popular status. Its simplicity is what stands out the most, even when it's the only instrument playing.

The integration of the scratching​ performed on this track helped establish the Beastie Boys as a pioneering force in merging ​punk influences and hip-hop with their eclectic and genre-defying approach to music ​and that style continues​ to influence artists to this day.

The delivery of the lyrics​ with the bands’ unique vocal styles and the use of ad-libs and vocal interjections throughout add a layer of personality to the track, making it truly engaging and certainly memorable.

The music video is just as iconic as the track itself. Directed by SpikeJonze, the video features the Beastie Boys ​portraying​ 1970s-style police detectives and is known for its visual ​humour and playful take on the TV cop show genre​ - particularly shows from the 1970s.​ Filled with action-packed scenes and comical performances​ by the band members it became an​ instant hit​.

There have been speculations that Sabotage was directed towards their friend and producer Mario Caldato Jr. due to tensions between the band and Caltado Jr. at the time. However, the band members have never confirmed this theory, and it is unclear whether the song was specifically about him or not. In fact, Adam Yauch stated on a number of occasions that the song was inspired by their love for 1970s cop show themes and was meant to be a tribute to the genre.

It is a song that's as hilarious as it is funky. From its silly lyrics to its iconic music video, this track is a true masterpiece of humour and creativity.​It​ remains a beloved and influential track in the Beastie Boys' discography and a staple of 1990s ​hip-hop​. So, ​if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned ​fun ​you can't go past Sabotage.

Sabotage is a song by ​the ​US hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the first single from their fourth studio album 'Ill Communication'​.​ ​It's widely considered one of the band's most popular and influential tracks.

Filled with energy and humour, it's a ​funky, ​fast-paced hip-hop song that showcases the Beastie Boys' irreverent and playful lyrics that touch on themes of mischief and chaos. The track's unforgettable instrumental is characterised by a thumping bass line, pounding drums, and ​band member DJMix Master Mike's​​ turntable skills.​

The fuzzy bass riff became the song's central hook, helping propel it to its eventual mega-popular status. Its simplicity is what stands out the most, even when it's the only instrument playing.

The integration of the scratching​ performed on this track helped establish the Beastie Boys as a pioneering force in merging ​punk influences and hip-hop with their eclectic and genre-defying approach to music ​and that style continues​ to influence artists to this day.

The delivery of the lyrics​ with the bands’ unique vocal styles and the use of ad-libs and vocal interjections throughout add a layer of personality to the track, making it truly engaging and certainly memorable.

The music video is just as iconic as the track itself. Directed by SpikeJonze, the video features the Beastie Boys ​portraying​ 1970s-style police detectives and is known for its visual ​humour and playful take on the TV cop show genre​ - particularly shows from the 1970s.​ Filled with action-packed scenes and comical performances​ by the band members it became an​ instant hit​.

There have been speculations that Sabotage was directed towards their friend and producer Mario Caldato Jr. due to tensions between the band and Caltado Jr. at the time. However, the band members have never confirmed this theory, and it is unclear whether the song was specifically about him or not. In fact, Adam Yauch stated on a number of occasions that the song was inspired by their love for 1970s cop show themes and was meant to be a tribute to the genre.

It is a song that's as hilarious as it is funky. From its silly lyrics to its iconic music video, this track is a true masterpiece of humour and creativity.​It​ remains a beloved and influential track in the Beastie Boys' discography and a staple of 1990s ​hip-hop​. So, ​if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned ​fun ​you can't go past Sabotage.