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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

18. Montell Jordan "Get It On Tonite" (1999)

Producer: Brian Palmer, Sergio Moore

Thanks to Da Brat's "What'Chu Like," most think "Get It On Tonite" was an R&B song that hip-hop stole, since it rode an extremely similar flip of the same Claudja Barry sample within a few months of the release of Montell Jordan's second charting smash.

But Prodigy and his producer Ez Elpee actually beat both acts to the well. According to Gino Sims, he joined Ez Elpee in Chris Lighty's office to play him the song. A few curious Def Jam execs also snuck a listen—and within a few months, suspiciously, Montell Jordan had a smash hit. —David Drake

Inspiration: Prodigy "Gun Love" (1997)

Producer: Ez Elpee

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