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Before Bad Boy Records boasted a team of beatmaking boardsmen known as The Hitmen, there was Easy Mo Bee. A one-man hit squad, it was Mo Bee’s productions for Craig Mack and, most famously, fellow Brooklynite The Notorious B.I.G. (a whopping half dozen key tracks off the classic Ready to Die) that laid the foundation for Diddy and company’s dominant run through the ‘90s. Both with Bad Boy and for others, Mo perfected a uniquely versatile sound: catchy enough to court radio, yet never short on grit – the result of a keen talent for chopping and flipping largely unidentified samples that still confound trainspotters to this day.

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