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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

90. O.C. "Time's Up" (1994)

Producer: Buckwild
Album: Word...Life
Label: Wild Pitch

It's the things that Buckwild doesn't do on this track that make it so great. Having dug-out the incredible "A Day in the Life" break from Les DeMerle, Buck exercises the necessary restraint and lets it run its course, choosing only to enhance the drums and add an unorthodox Slick Rick scratch. This bare bones approach can be seen as a reaction to the growing trend in over-produced hip-hop beats, and serves as the perfect platform for O.C. to unleash his diatribe against rap phonies.

Related: Buckwild Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

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