Editors’ Notes The Roland TR-808 drum machine was intended to give studio musicians a simple tool for making backbeats. Instead, it kickstarted a revolution—one whose story is captured in full by the documentary 808, as well as these tracks. Beastie Boys flipped the 808's icy beats in reverse to make “Paul Revere”; Shannon’s freestyle pop breakout “Let the Music Play” is propelled by its gently swung kicks and snares; and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force's electro classic “Planet Rock” thrives on its throbbing thuds and crisp hi-hats.

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Planet Rock
1
5:19
 
Paul Revere
2
3:43
 
Yo! Bum Rush the Show
3
4:26
 
Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)
4
5:41
 
Play at Your Own Risk
5
7:50
 
Let the Music Play
6
5:47
 
Set It Off
7
4:48
 
It's Yours
8
4:23
 
Flow Coma
9
6:01
 
Kickdrum
10
3:50
 
What U Gon' Do (feat. Lil Scrappy)
11
5:23
 
Vibrate
12
3:54
 
Gosh
13
4:51
 
Nothing but Trouble (Instagram Models)
14
3:37
 

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