The 50 Best Debut Rap Singles

40. The Beatnuts "Reign of the Tec" (1993)

Producer: The Beatnuts
Album: Intoxicated Demons: The EP
Label: Relativity, Violator

No single group better expressed the party and the bullshit ethos quite like this crew from Corona, Queens. The Beatnuts tended to focus on a couple distinct subjects: sex, drugs, booze. But most importantly, they had that hard-nosed gangster swag down pat.

It helped that they swiped a searing guitar line from Black Sabbath, which, when wed to a breakbeat worth sagging your Girbauds to, gave the song a swaggering power. Yeah, he took the ill shit, kid, he looped it, and threw atop some Sadat X for one of the catchiest call-and-response hooks in hip-hop history. When they pop the trunk, hit the deck.... —David Drake

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