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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

28. The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" (1989)

Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: No One Can Do It Better
Label: Ruthless, Atlantic

You have to give Dre credit for taking a song called “Misdemeanor” and making a beat that sounds like the soundtrack to catching a felony. Purists sometimes take producers to task for just finding a dope break and looping it up but even Dre's simplest achievements deserve high praise. For one, who would have thought you could make such a hard track using a sample from 11-year-old Foster Sylvers? The song in question is of course Sylver’s best known song, 1973’s “Misdemeanor.” Dre flipped the innocent-sounding R&B pop tune into something for DOC to black out on, unleashing a flurry of rhymes as well as the immortal catchphrase, “Ya’ll ready for this?” The track caught a second life and was introduced to a generation of new fans by being featured in a number of video games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, True Crime: Streets of LA, and Madden 2005.

Related: The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs

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