Tom Sinclair
April 18, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Indian hip-hop may seem a contradiction in terms to most Westerners, but Jay-Z obviously liked this international novelty club hit — which marries a catchy, Ravi Shankar-esque instrumental motif to the Knight Rider theme — enough to put his vocal stamp on it. It’s unclear whether Panjabi MC endorses Jay-Z’s political stance (”We rebellious/We back home/Screaming ‘Leave Iraq alone!”’), but on purely musical terms, this track is a whiff of napalm in the morning: It smells like victory, baby.

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