Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986. It was the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart. It was also one of Columbia Records’ fastest-selling debut records to date and eventually sold over 9 million copies in the United States.
The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 2, 1987 and eventually certified 9x multi-platinum on September 5, 2001. The single “Brass Monkey” was certified Gold for shipment of 500,000+ sales. In the week following Adam Yauch’s death, which subsequently resulted in a surge in sales of Beastie Boys albums, Licensed to Ill reached #1 on Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart. The album also re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at #18.