Perlman's got beats and it ain't no secret
The lyric was inspired by our friend Rob Pearlman’s and my mutual love of record collecting. Rob was [the] infinitely more in-depth collector but I would actually take the stuff I found and make beats out of it. This lyric was a reference to Rob knowing the breaks but me actually making the music with the breaks, if that makes sense.
This was, I believe, right before they started started Ill Communication. We all have a mutual friend Rob Pearlman who’s a legendary record collector and a great guy. He and I used to dig for records a lot. Rob didn’t make beats so he was just happy to turn me and others on to breaks he would unearth. He’s cool like that. I believe Rob threw a few gems the Beasties’ way, as well as a bunch my way over the years. The lyrics in this song were basically talking about Rob and me and our love of breaks. —Dante Ross
Robert Perlman went on to compose additional beats for the Beastie Boys album, Hello Nasty…
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