100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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24. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two"

"All I know is, it's a club banger," Rob Base said. Mixing hip-hop and dance music, lifting liberally from James Brown background singer Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)," Base and DJ E-Z Rock's irresistible 1988 smash was a pop-rap landmark and an ode to understanding and respect that brought people together under a groove. 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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