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Queen Reigns Supreme – Battle of the Beats

It seems like Fat Joe and Scoop Deville can do no wrong. First, they had the streets in a frenzy with The Darkside: Vol. 1’s lead single, “Slow Down (Ha Ha).” More recently, the pair shut it down P.E. style with their new collabo, “No Problems.” While everyone is buggin’ over the way Scoop flipped Public Enemy’s staple “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic,” the XXL staff was more impressed with his usage of the original sample, “Flash” by Queen, from the 1980 film, Flash Gordon. Throughout hip-hop’s history, beatmakers have been diggin’ in the crates to find heat from the classic rock group so we figured it was time to check the melody.

Kurtis Blow “Christmas Rappin’” (1980)

Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”

Old school legend Kurtis Blow took this wedding play list staple and turned it into a Xmas anthem. Question is, who’s got on a better outfit, KB or Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (R.I.P.)?

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