After Licensed to Ill (and especially hit singles Fight for Your Right and Brass Monkey), the Beastie Boys had a hard time shaking their party boy reputation. Paul’s Boutique was a complicated, seamy, low-fidelity riddle of an album that initially flopped. Shifting from rapping about cheap beer to old movies, Biblical metaphors, and creative violence is a hard sell for a marketing rep. They even slipped in a Johnny Cash reference. After dozens of listens, I still catch unnoticed references and background samples. The lyrical references are like a Russian nesting doll – layers on layers.