"I Know You Got Soul" is a song recorded by Eric B. & Rakim. It was released as the third single from their 1987 album Paid in Full. It peaked at number thirty-nine on theHot Dance Music/Club Play chart, number thirty-four on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, and number sixty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Trackschart.[citation needed] The track's production contains "digitized cymbal crashes, breathing sounds, and a bumping bass line."[1] It takes its name from a 1971 song of the same title recorded by Bobby Byrd which it prominently samples, and is frequently credited with popularizing the use of James Brown samples in hip hop songs.[2]

It also prominently samples the Ben Powers Jr. drum intro from the song "You'll Like It Too" by Original P, and released on LAX Records under the name Funkadelic.

The song ranks #386 in Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #23 on its list of "The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time."[3]

The song is featured on the fictional radio station Playback FM in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The British band M|A|R|R|S sampled the title lyric of their number one UK single "Pump Up the Volume" from the a cappella version of "I Know You Got Soul".[4] The song was also sampled in the song "International Affair" by Sean Paul (Feat. Debbie Nova). Timbaland quotes the opening line "It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you without a strong rhyme ["dope beat", in the Timbaland version] to step to," in the Aaliyah song "Try Again". Timbaland covers the whole first verse in his later song "Cop That Shit", with lyrical changes. Part of the first verse is also spoken by Mos Def on his song "Love" off of his debut album, Black on Both Sides.


Chart (1987) Peak


UK Singles Chart 76
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play 39
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 34
U.S. BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 64
Chart (1988) Peak


UK Singles Chart 13

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