"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. The track's production contains "digitized cymbal crashes, breathing sounds, and a bumping bass line." 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.
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". 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.
|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|
|UK Singles Chart||13|