In 1987 two brothers from Brooklyn, NY named Kirk and Nat Robinson–aka Milk Dee and Gizmo of The Audio Two–dropped the anthemic hip-hop classic, “Top Billin.” Built around a reconstructed version of the popular “Impeach The President” break beat, Milk Dee laid the blueprint for popping collars on record and his lyrics remain some of the most sampled in hip-hop ever.
For the first installment of “First Impressions” WatchLOUD.com had several of Brooklyn’s finest—MC Lyte, Smif-N-Wessun, Da Beatminerz, Maino and Jean Grae—share their thoughts on the first time they heard “Top Billin.”
“First time I heard ‘Top Billin’ I probably was getting ready to rob somebody at the club, maybe The Muse? One of them shits,” Smif-N-Wessun’s Tek confesses. “It was definitely a robbery being committed.”
“The first time I heard ‘Top Billin’ I asked, ‘Where is the rest of the music?’” jokes MC Lyte, who was actually in the studio when it was being recorded.
Watch the video above to hear what the rest of the crew had to say about this hip-hop classic.
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