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Snap! is a German // project formed in 1989 by Frankfurt-based producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. The act has been through a number of line-up changes over the years, but it was most successful when fronted by rapper Turbo B, who performed on the U.K. number 1 singles “The Power” and “Rhythm Is a Dancer”.

Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti formed Snap! in 1989 under the aliases Benito Benites and John “Virgo” Garrett III, as they thought that the public had negative preconceived ideas of German music. Their first hit “The Power”, a combination of house and hip hop elements, contained a number of unauthorised samples, taking the drum loop from “King of the Beats” by Mantronix, the rap from “Let the Words Flow” by Chill Rob G and the classic line “I’ve got the power” from “Love’s Gonna Get You” by Jocelyn Brown. It was initially released in the United States through Wild Pitch Records, but after Chill Rob G threatened legal action, the rap was re-recorded by Turbo B (born Durron Maurice Butler, April 30, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and additional vocals were recorded by Penny Ford (though the woman in the video is Jackie Harris), Jocelyn Brown’s vocals still remain on the record. The single rocketed to number 2 in Germany in March 1990, and spent two weeks at number 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming the first rap single to top the chart. It later reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum.

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