The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, 'It Takes Two'

It Takes Two, 1988

"All I know is, it's a club banger," Rob Base said of his biggest rec­ord. Actually, it's the mother of all club bangers, a pop-rap opus that's as absurdly fun today as it was 25 years ago. Mixing hip-hop and house music, lifting liberally from James Brown background singer Lyn Collins' 1971 song "Think About It," Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's 1988 smash was also an ode to understanding and respect, one that brought everyone together under a groove – from block parties in Harlem to slumber parties in Des Moines. The song was produced by Teddy Riley, who deployed a similar jump-up syncopation as the king of New Jack Swing. Base later said, "I wanted people to get up and dance and not have to worry about fightin' and arguin'."

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