500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Eric B. and Rakim, 'Know You Got Soul'

Writers: Eric B. and Rakim
Producers: Eric B. and Rakim
Released: July '87, 4th and Broadway
Did Not Chart

Rakim was the microphone fiend who was dripping steam. Eric B. was the DJ with the James Brown samples. They were New York legends before ever releasing a song ("Eric B. was driving a Rolls-Royce before he ever put out a record," Chris Rock once told Rolling Stone. "My man was gangsta"), but this cut, named for a 1971 song by Brown sideman Bobby Byrd, made the whole world take notice.

Appears on: Paid in Full (Island)

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