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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

44. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock "It Takes Two" (1988)

Producer: Teddy Riley
Album: It Takes Two
Label: Profile

If any song encapsulates the late '80s sound of rap that makes you want to do the Kid 'N Play kickstep, it's this. Teddy Riley's brilliant use of Lyn Collin's "Think" is still a guaranteed dancefloor filler to this day, as it blends repetitive vocal snippets with a layered, high-octane drum track to become a blueprint for the hip-house sound that hit hard in 1989. Rob Base's entertaining party-rocking rhymes compliment the track nicely, but at the end of the day it's all about that "Woo! Yeah!" sample. Snoop Dogg would later combine the "Space Dust" sample from the intro with Rob Base's hook for "I Wanna Rock."

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