Root Down (EP)
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Root Down EP
Root Down
EP by
ReleasedMay 23, 1995
GenreAlternative hip hop, hardcore punk
ProducerBeastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys EP chronology
Some Old Bullshit
Root Down
Aglio e Olio
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Root Down is an EP by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys, released in 1995.

The first three tracks are variations of the track "Root Down", from the Beastie Boys' 1994 album Ill Communication. The remaining seven tracks were recorded "live in Europe, winter 1995".[2] The hidden track heard in the end is a radio jingle in Hebrew made in Israel's military radio station Galey Tzahal. It promoted a Beastie Boys special aired prior to their only two concerts in the country, in March 1995. When Mike D and Ad-Rock were interviewed in the station they heard the recording and asked for it.[3]

Track listing

All tracks written by Beastie Boys except where noted.

1."Root Down" (Free Zone Mix)3:48
2."Root Down" (Ill Communication Mix)3:31
3."Root Down" (PP Balloon Mix - produced by Prince Paul)3:30
4."Time to Get Ill" (Horovitz, Yauch, Diamond, Rubin)1:59
5."Heart Attack Man" (Beastie Boys, AWOL)2:08
6."The Maestro"3:14
7."Sabrosa" (Beastie Boys, Bobo, Money Mark)2:53
8."Flute Loop" (Beastie Boys, Caldato, Al Kooper)1:39
9."Time for Livin''" (Frontline)1:58
10."Something's Got to Give" (Beastie Boys, Caldato, Money Mark) (Ends at 3:56. The hidden track can be heard at 4:28)4:57


"Root Down"

"Root Down" is a song by the Beastie Boys from their fourth studio album Ill Communication. The original version of the track, as well as two remixes of the track, are featured on the Root Down EP. It was released as a single in promotion of the Root Down EP; it also served as the fourth single from Ill Communication.

A sample from jazz musician Jimmy Smith's "Root Down (And Get It)", from his seminal album Root Down, serves as the basis for "Root Down". A small vocal sample from "Root Down" was later sampled on The Prodigy's 1997 track "Funky Shit".

Track listing

CD single (U.S.)

  1. "Root Down" (LP, Clean) - 3:32
  2. "Root Down" (Free Zone Mix, Clean) - 3:47
  3. "Root Down" (PP Balloon Mix, Clean) - 3:30

CD single (Netherlands)

  1. "Root Down" - 3:32

7" single

A. "Root Down" (Clean version) - 3:43
B. "Ricky's Theme" (Clean version) - 3:32


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Beastie Boys: Root Down" at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  2. ^ Root Down (Media notes). Beastie Boys. Capitol Records. 1995. CDP 7243 8 33603 2 1.
  3. ^ Pollicino, Raul. " - Interviews - Interview with Quami De La". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys - Root Down". Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Beastie Boys - Root Down" (in German). Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. archived at Library and Archives Canada (Volume 61, No. 24). 17 July 1995. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Beastie Boys - Root Down" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Beastie Boys / Longplay" [Chart Tracking / Beastie Boys / Albums] (in German). Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ "Root Down EP". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011.

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