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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

43. Joe "Street Dreams" (2003)

Producer: Roy "Royalty" Hamilton

Joe tells us from the get go, "This ain't hip hop, this is R&B," but that doesn't mean the two genres can't share. Pulling Nas' "Street Dreams" beat, Joe also borrows the lyrical themes from the record, as he looks back from his humble roots ("In the beginning it was so hard") to where he is now ("Benz rims, dubs that keep spinning'/Cribs, jacuzzi's chill in'"). He also throws in a few lines that nod to 2Pac's "All Eyez On Me," released the same year as the Nas record, with the same sample. —Alysa Lechner

Inspiration: Nas "Street Dreams" (1996)

Producer: Trackmasters

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