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3. Boom Bap

For those unacquainted with the sound of boom bap, you may want to check out KRS-One’s Return Of The Boom Bap album. Producers including DJ Premier, Scott La Rock, and Large Professor are pioneers of this classic New York sound, characterized by its crisp drum breaks and heavy, chopped-up sampling. Despite the boom bap sound taking a back seat in recent years, Busta Rhymes has assured his upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2, will channel the revolutionary New York style.

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