What Is The Beastie Boys Song “Brass Monkey” About?

When The Beastie Boys song “Brass Monkey” was released in 1986, the song title left many people asking the question, what exactly is “Brass Monkey“?

Beastie Boys Brass Monkey Song Meaning Cocktail

Just so you know, The Beasties are not rapping about an actual monkey made from brass…

What Is A Brass Monkey The Beastie Boys

The Beasties are rapping about a cocktail consisting of rum, vodka and orange juice.  More then likely MCA, Ad-Rock & Mike D were rapping specifically about Heublein’s “Brass Monkey“, a drink who’s sales increased dramatically after the release of the song.

The Meaning Of Brass Monkey The Beastie Boys Song

Here’s an advertisement for “Brass Monkey”…

Beastie Boys Hublein Brass Monkey Cocktail Song Meaning

An alternative version of “Brass Monkey” is a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor that has been consumed to the top of the label and then filled with orange juice.

The Beastie Boys Brass Monkey Beer Juice Drink

Heublein’s “Brass Monkey” premixed drinks were discontinued for a while after the company was sold but after several years of absence from the market the “Brass Monkey” premixed cocktail was re-released as The Club Brass Monkey.

The Beastie Boys Song Brass Monkey Meaning

Old School.

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  1. Backup ChristinaF 08 says:

    Another possibility for what they meant in the song was at the time an underground name for one of the date-rape drugs out there was “BrassMonkey”. Just an FYI.

    1. Anonymous says:

      nah they talk about the drink in the song.

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