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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

33. LL Cool J "Rock The Bells" (1985)

Producer: Rick Rubin, LL Cool J
Album: Radio
Label: Def Jam, Columbia, CBS

When asked why there are two versions of this iconic track back in 208, LL responded, "The ‘Peter Piper’ beat was originally gonna be the beat for ‘Rock The Bells,’ but Rick Rubin gave it to Run and them, because I guess Jam-Master Jay had the same idea as me at the time—may he rest in peace. You can see what I mean, if you think about it." Luckily for rap fans, both versions of this track are great. The remake that featured on Cool J's debut LP borrowed a percussion break from Trouble Funk, a guitar stab from AC/DC, a little "Rocket In The Pocket" and a whole lotta 808. Another Rick Rubin sure-shot.

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