I Know You Got Soul (Eric B. & Rakim song)  

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For the Bobby Byrd song see I Know You Got Soul (Bobby Byrd song)

"I Know You Got Soul" is a song by Eric B. & Rakim from their album Paid in Full, "the record that ushered in hip-hop's modern era".[1] It was released as a single during the summer of 1987 and, according to All Music Guide, "single-handedly kicked off hip-hop's infatuation with James Brown samples"[2].

It contains samples of a number of songs, including the original "I Know You Got Soul" by Bobby Byrd, "You'd Like It Too" by Funkadelic, "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s, "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn, "Pussyfooter" by Jackie Robinson, "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus, "Ashley's Roachclip" by Soul Searchers, "Last Night Changed it All (I Really Had a Ball)" by Esther Williams, and "Greedy G" by the Brentford All-Stars.[3]

The record was sampled by Eric B. and Rakim themselves on many of their subsequent recordings, including "Follow The Leader" and "Microphone Fiend". The song's lyrics also contain the famous line "Pump up the volume", which was sampled by MARRS for their UK #1 hit record of the same name.

"I Know You Got Soul" has been deemed one of the greatest rap songs of all time. Q Magazine ranked it atop their list of the 30 Best Hip Hop Songs [4] and a survey by Top40-Charts.com ranked it #67 on a similar list. [5] Rolling Stone ranked it #386 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is the duo's only song on the list.

"I Know You Got Soul" appears on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack on the Playback FM station.



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