100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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29. LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"

"Don't call it a comeback!" begins rap's hottest-ever comeback. After finding crossover success in the late Eighties, LL Cool J returned to street-fighting hip-hop – pledging to "bash this beat like a skull" and returning fire from Kool Moe Dee's diss record "How Ya Like Me Now?" The beat, one of legendary producer Marley Marl's finest tracks, rides the four-count chant from Sly and the Family Stone's "Trip to Your Heart," and the track peaks with LL repeating "Damage! Damage! Damage!" like he's done rhyming and is ready to break shit. Point made.

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