So what if I'm a ham and cheese on rye?
I got to do my thing and that's no lie
Ham is not kosher, nor is the combination of meat and cheese. The Beastie Boys, being white and Jewish rappers, clearly have a habit of breaking conventions without apologizing.
‘Ham & Cheese on Rye’ is a great way to describe the Beastie Boys- they are ‘hams’ in the sense of being excessively theatrical in their delivery, they carry a ‘cheesy’ swagger, and ‘rye’ bread is a nod to their Jewish-American heritage.
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