Looking for the Perfect Beat

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"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
Looking for the Perfect Beat.jpg
Single by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
from the album Planet Rock: The Album
ReleasedJanuary 1983
FormatVinyl record (7", 12")
Producer(s)Arthur Baker
Afrika Bambaataa singles chronology
"Planet Rock"
"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
"Renegades of Funk"
Audio sample

"Looking for the Perfect Beat" is an electro and old school hip hop song by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force. It was the second single from their album Planet Rock: The Album. Released in January 1983, it served as the followup to the group's highly influential song "Planet Rock".[1] The song was ranked at number 13 among the "Tracks of the Year" for 1983 by NME.[2]

Over the years, the single has attracted critical acclaim as a pioneering and essential track in the history of early hip-hop music. Critic John Bush of Allmusic has remarked that the group had a "near-perfect homage to digital-era technology", with its performers "freestyling over quintessentially electro ingredients like pin-point machine beats, electric drumpads, and arpeggiated sequencers."[1] It has also been revamped and sampled numerous times. "Looking for the Perfect Beat" was the basis for the British Hip hop and House crossover performer Bomb the Bass' "Beat Dis" as well as Simon Harris' similar hit, "Here Comes That Sound", which came out in 1988. U96's single "Energie" (1998) also took inspiration. Samples of the track helped create LL Cool J's song "Control Myself" and DJ Khaled's song "Holla at Me". The song was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the fictional radio station, Wildstyle.

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.


  1. ^ a b John Bush. "Looking for the Perfect Beat - Afrika Bambaataa,Soul Sonic Force | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  2. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

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