Looking for the Perfect Beat

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"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
Single by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
from the album Planet Rock: The Album
Released December 1982
Format 12"
Recorded 1981
Genre Electro, hip hop
Length 6:51
Label Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
00831
Writer(s) Arthur Baker, John Robie, Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
Producer(s) Arthur Baker
Afrika Bambaataa singles chronology
"Planet Rock"
(1982)
"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
(1982)
"Renegades of Funk"
(1983)

"Looking for the Perfect Beat" is a 1983 electro/hip hop song by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force. It was the second single from their album Planet Rock: The Album. It was a followup to his highly influential song "Planet Rock".

"Looking for the Perfect Beat" was the basis for the British Hip Hop/House crossover performer Bomb the Bass' "Beat Dis", Simon Harris' similar 1988 hit, "Here comes that Sound", U96's "Energie" and was sampled on LL Cool J's song "Control Myself". The song was also sampled to create the beat for DJ Khaled's song "Holla at Me".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Looking for the Perfect Beat" was created by the same team that made "Planet Rock," Video Mix Productions. At the request of label president Tom Silverman, Danny Cornyetz, and Jessica Jason shot Bambaataa and the entire Soulsonic Force in a 22nd Street studio miming the track. Editing was done at VCA Teletronics New York and included Quantel video effects and footage of famous hip-hop dancer Mr Freeze.

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