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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

66. Nas "Halftime" (1992)

Producer: Large Professor
Album: Illmatic
Label: Columbia

A strong argument could be made that Nasty Nas' debut single is the best Brag Rap song of the 90's, but even without his advanced verbal science, "Halftime" is testament to the production genius of Large Professor. Thanks to some brilliant work with the filter on the Akai S-950, Large transforms a portion of the Japanese Cast Recording of Hair into a thumping bassline, supported by the relentless sleigh bells from Average White Band's "Schoolboy Crush" and the majestic horns of Gary Byrd—a fitting musical accompaniment for the arrival of rap's new lyrical royalty.

Related: Large Professor Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

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