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The 25 Best DJ Premier Beats

19. The LOX "Recognize" (2000)

Album: We Are the Streets
Label: Ruff Ryders/Interscope

Jadakiss starts his verse out, "I know y'all couldn't wait to hear Kiss over Premier!" He was right. The notion of the LOX teaming up with DJ Premier was enough to have any hip-hop head salivating. And sure enough—the trio of Yonkers spitters did their thing to the utmost over the jaunty piano sample Premo hooked up, with a vocal snippet of fellow Ruff Ryder Eve saying "Recognize" to bring it full circle on the chorus. There's no mistaking it, no getting it twisted: a match made in heaven. —Daniel Isenberg

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