For the follow-up to Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force's groundbreaking electro hip-hop tune "Planet Rock
," producers Arthur Baker and John Robie were literally looking for the perfect beat.
"We had a problem coming up with one beat that could compete with the beat we had done from 'Planet Rock' which everyone was sort of doing," Baker told Red Bull Music Academy in a 2014 beat:repeat
episode. "I just wanted to do something different. That's where 'Looking for the Perfect Beat' came from." Like its predecessor, the tune is regarded as an influential track in the early hip-hop canon for its pioneering use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and other electro instrumentation.