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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

50. Beastie Boys "Paul Revere" (1986)

Producer: Rick Rubin
Album: Licensed to Ill
Label: Def Jam, Columbia

Forget that "Fight For Your Right To Party" nonsense—it was this track and "The New Style" that caught the attention of hardcore hip-hop fanatics. Did the idea of running a beat in reverse for an entire song spring from a moment of creative genius, or was it simply another studio fuck-up that sounded great? Regardless, once Rick Rubin threw in some scratches from T La Rock's "It's Yours" and the "Rocket In The Pocket" break, and laced it with a bugged-out tale of how the crew came together, they had themselves a winner.

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