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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

5. Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M." (1993)

Producer: RZA
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Label: Loud

This is some vintage RZA work—cold weather music that's equal parts sparse and sorrowful. Grabbing the opening bars (and a vocal section from later in the song), The Abbott makes great use of the Isaac Hayes-produced "As Long as I've Got You" by the Charmels, allowing Raekwon and Inspektah Deck to deliver so many quotables that it's hard to keep up. This is one of the rare occasions where the acronym of a song title a) fits the sonic backdrop of the track, and b) actually makes any sense whatsoever.

Related: The 100 Best Wu-Tang Clan Songs

Tags: wu_tang_clan, rza
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