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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

81. Lords of the Underground "Chief Rocka" (1993)

Producer: K-Def
Album: Here Come the Lords
Label: Pendulum

Marley Marl protege K-Def graduated from the House of Hits when he laced Lords of the Underground with a string of popular singles. Blending sweet horns from Jack Bruce and John Coltrane with a 1963 chant from Alvin Cash & the Crawlers, K produced a bouncy head-cracker of a rhythm for this New Jersey trio. When he used another Jack Bruce horn section that had previously been flipped for Showbiz & A.G.'s "Hold Ya Head" for the "Chief Rocka" remix, he inadvertently added fuel to the feud between Lord Finesse and LOTUG's Mr. Funkee, which resulted in A.G. warning, "Fake lords get strangled with mic cords/Stealing beats from my LP sure ain't healthy," on "Next Level."

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