Sure Shot

Album: Ill Communication (1994)
Charted: 27

Songfacts®:

  • This is a rare rap song that prominently features a flute. It was sampled from the 1970 song "Howlin' For Judy" by Jazz flautist Jeremy Steig. Although he has released more than 20 albums, these few seconds of work gave Steig his biggest payday. "I looked at it like winning the lottery," he told The Guardian of being sampled. "I don't know what it did for my career – I haven't really seen any signs of it. But they paid me pretty well, and it helped me through some hard times, so I was really happy."
  • Adam "King Ad-rock" Horovitz talks about this song in the liner notes of the Beastie Boys anthology: "I like this cut a lot. Just straight up hip hop. Like a lot of our songs, it's arranged like a hardcore [punk] song. Mathematical. Intro - verse - chorus - verse - chorus - break - chorus - verse - chorus - end. Nice. The flute line is from the elusive Jeremy Steig. Off the SP1200 it sounds nice." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR, for above 2
  • The lyrics, "Everything I do is funky like Lee Dorsey" is a reference to Dorsey's 1969 funk track "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 1

  • Heather from Newark, OhThis is my favorite Beastie Boys' song.
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