These Are the Breaks: 10 of the Most Sampled Drum Beats in Music History

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  1. Led Zeppelin, "When The Levee Breaks"
    As heard in: Beastie Boys' "Rhymin & Stealin," Dr. Dre's "Lyrical Gangbang," and Massive Attack's "Man Next Door"
  2. James Brown, "Funky Drummer"
    As heard in: Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," and N.W.A.'s "Fuck The Police"
  3. The Winstons, "Amen, Brother"
    As heard in: Salt-N-Pepa's "I Desire," N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton," and Oasis' "Do You Know What I Mean"
  4. Melvin Bliss, "Synthetic Substitution"
    As heard in: Wu-Tang Clan's "Bring Da Ruckus," Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P.," and Public Enemy's "Don't Believe The Hype"
  5. The Honey Drippers, "Impeach The President"
    As heard in: MC Shan's "The Bridge," Nas' "I Can," and Wu-Tang Clan's "As High As The Wu-Tang Get"
  6. James Brown, "Funky President (People It's Bad)"
    As heard in: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Summertime," Eric B. & Rakim's "Eric B. Is President"
  7. Mountain, "Long Red"
    As heard in: Kanye West's "The Glory" and "Barry Bonds"
  8. Billy Squier, "The Big Beat"
    As heard in: Jay Z's "99 Problems," and Eminem's "Berzerk"
  9. Kool And The Gang, "N.T."
    As heard in: Q-Tip's "Breathe And Stop," N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta," and Nas' "N.Y. State Of Mind"
  10. Lyn Collins, "Think (About It)"
    As heard in: Kanye West's "Lost In The World," 2 Unlimited's "Get Ready For This," DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two"