A Tribe Called Quest: Can I Kick It?
With an infectious sample from fellow New York heavyweight Lou Reed, the wordsmiths from Queens killed it with this off their debut album. While the Walk on the Wild Side into lures you in, the sinus rhythmic drum beat hooks you from that first downbeat. Throw on top of the masterfully crafted samples some of the best lyricists to come out of Queens, and you have a beast of a song that took the world by storm and continues to stay relevant to this day. While people credit some earlier tunes as being the crossover of hip hop and rock, in my opinion it was Can I Kick It? that laid the ground work for much of alternative hip hop and using alternative sampling that is fairly common place today.