“Hold It Now, Hit It” is a song by Beastie Boys, released as the first single from their debut album Licensed to Ill.
In 2008, it was ranked number 27 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song contains samples from “The Return of Leroy” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, “Drop the Bomb” and “Let’s Get Small” by Trouble Funk, “Funky Stuff” by Kool & The Gang, “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” by Bob James, “Christmas Rappin'” by Kurtis Blow and “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D.
The line “Pump it up, homeboy” was sampled by Eric B. & Rakim on their song “As the Rhyme Goes On”. The line “Beer drinking, breath stinking, sniffing glue” was sampled by Dr. Dre on Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood”.