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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

83. Brand Nubian "Slow Down" (1990)

Producer: Grand Puba, Brand Nubian
Album: One For All
Label: Elektra

In much the same way that Greg Nice used Tracey Chapman's "Fast Car" the following year, Brand Nubian took the unusual step of sampling the guitar and vocals from "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (an "alternative rock jam band") for their cautionary tale of fast living. Offset by Funkadelic drums and some Kool and The Gang horns, Grand Puba and company carried on the eccentric Zulu Nation break tradition perfectly.

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