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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

40. Cypress Hill "How I Could Just Kill A Man" (1991)

Producer: DJ Muggs
Album: Cypress Hill
Label: Ruffhouse, Columbia

When former 7A3 member DJ Muggs introduced the blunted hardcore beats of Cypress Hill to the world, it was a breakthrough for L.A. rap. Abandoning the P-Funk samples, Muggs brought his own unique sound to the table, combining the layered sample technique of the East Coast with a more abrasive heavy metal mindset. The gigantic drums of Manzel's "Midnight Theme" meet "Tramp," a vocal yelp, and some Hendrix electric guitar bring the noise in no uncertain terms. Muggs would later refine the Soul Assassins sound with hits like "Jump Around" for House of Pain and Cypress' "Insane In The Brain."

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