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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

32. The Showboys "Drag Rap (Trigger Man)" (1986)

Producer: Cliff Hall
Album: Drap Rap
Label: Profile


This mid-80's Profile Records 12" from Queens duo The Showboys somehow became the blueprint for Bounce music, due to its now-iconic intro. The rest of the track is standard 1986 fare—a melody based around a TV theme song ("Inspector Gadget"), loud 808 drums, and Shout Rap. Legend has it that a promoter from Memphis tracked them down years after the song had become a staple. He “acted like he found Elvis alive" as he informed them of the massive popularity of their song, the publishing rights to which they sadly do not own.

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