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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

46. Blu Cantrell f/ Sean Paul "Breathe" (2003)

Producer: Mark Pitts, Ivan Matias, Andrea Martin

A lot of the songs on this list use hip-hop beats as a launchpad for a slightly altered idea. However, Blu Cantrell's "Breathe" isn't one of them. It's a straight jack of Dr. Dre's "What The Difference." It was on the heels of Erykah Badu's flip of another beat from Dre's 2001. "Breathe" isn't as good, but still works. Dre's slowed down a sample of Charles Aznavour's 1966 song, "Parce Que Tu Crois," is just as suited for soulful singing as Eminem blacking out on verse. —Insanul Ahmed

Inspiration: Dr. Dre f/ Eminem & Xzibit "What's The Difference" (1999)

Producer: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man

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