8. Above The Law "Murder Rap" (1990)
Producer: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Laylaw
Album: Livin' Like Hustlers
Label: Ruthless Records
"Murder Rap" remains the single best drum part Dre ever cooked up: A tribal onslaught that is part military drum corps and part Clyde Stubblefield mojo. The backwards percussion effect makes it seem like the song is hurtling forward and at the same time being sucked back into another dimension.
Where Dre would soon become world renowned for his basslines—think "Nuthin' But a G Thang," "In Da Club" and "The Real Slim Shady"—"Murder Rap" contains one single bass note, but it is dropped with such detonative power and ruthlessness that it might very well be his most impressive low-end accomplishment. Says Cold 187Um: "I'm not a hero or zero but a Leo in stereo and this is not a demo." It certainly isn't. This is a song to bust through deadbolts and bring down buildings.