23. Slick Rick "Children's Story" (1988)
Producer: Slick Rick
Album: The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
Label: Def Jam, Columbia, CBS
Sounding like a typical Hurby Luvbug beat from the same era (must be the shakers), Ricky D's interpretation of the melody from Bob James' "Nautilus" is unmistakable. The shuffling, playful drums, plunking piano line, and naive horns are fitting given the storytelling premise, matching Rick's distinctive flow and accent perfectly. Montell Jordan brought the beat back for his breakout hit "This Is How We Do It," around the same time Lil Jon flipped it for a hot remix of Capleton's "Tour."