"Paul Revere" is still the Beastie Boys most popular Rap to this very day.
Everyone know Run-DMC wrote “Paul Revere” for the Beastie Boys right? The hook-up took place in October, 1986 when they were both scheduled to meet at a studio in New York. Run-DMC was reportedly very late showing up, but when they did, Run was coming up the street screaming the lyrics that begin the Rap. Both groups though have a different version on whose idea it was to play the beat backward. Run claims his idea was inspired by spinning Kurtis Blow’s “Do The Do” backward on his turntable. King Ad-Rock claims it was MCA’s idea, and that the beat was made right there in the studio in front of Run-DMC. King Ad-rock and Rick Rubin did all the scratches on the cut, as well as the whole album (Licensed To Ill). Ad-Rock named it “Paul Revere” from a horse in the Guys And Dolls film (1955).