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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

18. Eric B. & Rakim "Paid In Full (Remix)" (1987)

Producer: Eric B. & Rakim
Album: Paid In Full
Label: 4th & B'way, Island

This "def beat" loops the "Ashley's Roachclip" break and appropriates the bassline from "Don't Look Any Further" (a 1984 R&B hit from former Temptations member Dennis Edwards). In retrospect, the album version was an unusual song for 1987 in that it opens with Eric B. name-dropping the group's various representatives, features only a single verse from Rakim, and closes with some wonderfully off-kilter scratching. Thanks to the pioneering work of UK production outfit Coldcut, we also got the "Seven Minutes of Madness" remix, which added an amazing Ofra Haza vocal sample, as well as literally dozens of samples and breaks from TV shows, movies and other songs. The final result changed the way people looked at remixes forever.

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