"No Sleep till Brooklyn" is a song by Beastie Boys as well as the sixth 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.
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). The video, directed by Ric Menello, is a parody of glam metal.
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 whore," is changed to "M.C.A.'s in the back at the Mahjong hall",and also from "Autographed pictures and classy hoes" to "Autographed pictures to nobody knows."
Many believe the song is an afterthought to the demands of touring on the road ("[it was latter said] ...that tour was like a nonstop party with bitches and ho's around every corner..."). The idea is that, when the gigs are complete and the crew has finally made it back to Brooklyn, New York, they will then be in a position to procure rest. In the meantime, they are must...