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LL Cool J also benefited from Brown’s sound, reigniting his career in 1990 with the hardcore “The Boomin’ System” from his hit album, Mama Said Knock You Out. The track sampled “The Big Payback,” which was also used in MC Lyte’s 1993 hit “Ruffneck.” The same sample made an appearance on R&B trio Total’s smash “Can’t You See” which featured verses from the late Notorious B.I.G.

One of LL’s chief rivals, Kool Moe Dee, sampled Brown’s “Super Bad” for his track, “I Go To Work.”

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y.” (When They Reminisce Over You)” was released in 1992 and still gets plenty of play to this day. Pete Rock sampled Brown’s “A Blind Man Can See It” for the track, which was also applied to Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.”

Even Brown himself rocked over his own samples. His 1988 album, I’m Real, was produced by Full Force and the title track featured samples from the track “Get On The Good Foot” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.”

Over the course of his 50-plus year career, Brown recorded 71 studio albums, 14 live albums, 49 compilation albums and 144 singles. The biopic of his life Get On Up opens Friday, August 1.

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