67. EPMD f/ LL Cool J "Rampage" (1990)
Album: Business As Usual
Label: Def Jam, RAL, Columbia
Heralded by the dramatic opening horns and gong of Mandrill's "Lord of the Golden Baboon," the beat launches into a relentless "Tramp" loop (complete with BT Express drums), before those Gladys Knight & the Pips horns announce the chorus. This seemingly simple formula belies the genius of this song, which results in unstoppable bouts of head nodding when listened to repeatedly. Erick Sermon may be the better known producer of the duo, but beats like this were clearly the brainchild of PMD, who was strictly about snapping necks.
Related: Erick Sermon Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)