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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

36. Brian McKnight "Hold Me" (1997)

Producer: Trackmasters

Although the video for "Hold Me" is actually a Trackmasters remix (and features a verse from Kobe Bryant), we prefer the original for its 2Pac sampling goodness. It doesn't pack quite the punch that "I Get Around" did (which is just as well since that probably wasn't the feel Brian McKnight was going for anyhow) and for most of the verses you can hardly tell where the sample originates from. But when the hook comes on and the "Step up! Step up! Step up!" part starts playing you can already feel Pac's presence. —Insanul Ahmed

Inspiration: 2Pac f/ Shock G & Money-B "I Get Around" (1993)

Producer: Shock G

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