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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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"The Breaks" is a critically acclaimed 1980 hit single for Kurtis Blow (see 1980 in music) and one the earliest hip-hop hits.

It has been sampled by many subsequent musicians such as De La Soul on their 1989 song "Buddy" and Eazy-E on his 1988 song "Radio", from Eazy-Duz-It.

The song has featured in a few games, the 2005 game True Crime: New York City, the 2006 game Scarface: The World Is Yours, and the 2002 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Lyrics and structure

  • "The Breaks" repeats the word "break" (or any of its homophones) eighty-four times over six and a half minutes.
  • There are six breakdowns (seven including the outro) in "The Breaks".
  • There are no fewer than three definitions for "break," "to break" or "brakes" used in "The Breaks."




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