100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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47. Funky 4 + 1, "That's the Joint"

"That's the joint" captures the essence and energy of hip-hop's party-hearty early glory days: nearly 10 minutes of exhortations and boasts, sprawling across a hopped-up disco beat. By today's standards, the braggadocio is quaint – "We got rhymes on our minds, we got rockin' in our heart" – but the rappers can flow, and the bass breakdown, by four-string god Doug Wimbish, is as funky as anything this side of Bootsy Collins. The real star of the show, though, is the Funky 4's "plus-one woman," Sha-Rock (a.k.a. Sharon Green), the first female MC featured on a hit rap record.

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