The Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All-Time


And so begins the great debate. The question of the greatest hip-hop beats of all time plagued each one us at some point. It’s a question that hip-hop producers, beat makers, MC’s, and fans have asked and argued since the beginning of time (or at least hip-hop history). Unfortunately, most people when confronted with the question have not had at their disposal the deep knowledge and passion of Crate Kings readers.

Now it’s your job to settle the argument once and for all?. Leave a comment with what you think were the greatest hip-hop beats of all time. Was there a sleeper that was truly underrated?

Depending on the nature of the comments, we may have a poll to determine what in fact is the single greatest hip-hop beat of all-time.

233 thoughts on “The Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All-Time”

  1. Some of my faves.

    Verbal Intercourse-Raekwon, produced by the RZA
    Little Brother-Blackstar, Produced by J Dilla
    Figaro-Madvillain, Produced by Madlib
    Liquid Swords-GZA, produced by the RZA
    10 Bricks-Raekwon, produced by J Dilla
    TROY-Pete Rock and CL Smooth
    Full Clip-Gang Starr, produced by DJ Premier
    The Champ, Ghostface, produced by Just Blaze
    Share This-Soul Position, produced by RJD2
    Pigeon-Cannibal Ox, produced by EL-P
    Public Service Announcement-Jay-Z, produced by Just Blaze
    Award Tour-Tribe Called Quest, produced by Q-Tip

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  3. Not in any particular order…

    1. Shook Ones / Mobb Deep
    2. Bucktown / Smiff & Wesson
    3. Masta IC / Mic Geronimo
    4. Phone Tap / The Firm
    5. C.R.E.A.M. / Wu Tang Clan
    6. Mecca and the Soul Brother / Pete Rock and CL Smooth
    7. Above the clouds / Gangstar feat. Inspecta Deck
    8. Still Dre / Dre 2001
    9. Slum Village / Untitled-Fantastic
    10. Nas / Half-Time

  4. 1. Nas / Represent 2. CNN / Invincible 3. Notorious B.I.G / Ten crack commandments 4. Dilated Peoples / You cant hide you cant run 5. Mobb Deep / Shook Ones pt. 2 6. Dr. Dre / Explosive 7. Pharoahe Monch / Simon Says 8. Missy Elliot / Work It 9. Wretch 32 / Traktor (uk rapper) 10. Dr. Dre / Still Dre I really should’nt of numbered these cause this is just a list of good beats, in my opinion.

  5. 1. Nas – Ether
    2. Ike Ellis – Lovin You
    3. Massive Talent – Ignorance II
    4. Hustleman – Hustlin’
    5. 2 Pac – Ride On Our Enemies

    Man I could make a list for days and days of my favorite beats. For real though, these are some of my top picks.

  6. 1 shook ones p2/mobb deep ,2 letter to my unborn/tupac,3 outta control remix/50cent,4 astn martin/ross ,5 studio lovin /wiz khalifa. Thts my top 5 of all tym

  7. Your are right 5 star beats… there are alot of beats out there and alot of good music out there. I just love listening and being apart of the process of making it as well.

  8. Cannibal Ox – Pidgeon
    Sage Francis – Escape Artist
    Company Flow – The Fire in Which You Burn
    El-P – Tasmanian Pain Coaster
    Cage – Too Heavy for Cherubs
    Ill Bill – Society is Brainwashed
    Immortal Technique – The 3rd World
    Das Racist – Sit Down, Man

  9. 1.X-ecutioners ft Dj Premier- premier’s execution,2. CNN- invincible,3. Pitch Black- its all real,4. KRS One- 5 boroughs,5.Tonytouch ft Gangstarr- the piecemaker,6. Mob Deep- hell on earth,7. Gangstarr ft M.O.P- bi vs friendship,8. Nas- nas is like, 9. Onyx- the worst,10. Gangstarr ft Rakim & WC- the militia 2… I can go on and on the list is long but these form part of my favorites of all time in the hiphop world…

  10. I think the majority of us would agree T.R.O.Y. is the #1, but after that it gets tricky and preferential.

    Possible Candidates:

    For Da Brothaz – Kool G Rap (produced T Ray utilizing Art Farmer’s Soulsides)

    Midnight in a Perfect World – Dj Shadow (Pekka Pohjola sample)

    I Used to Love H.E.R. – Common (produced by No I.D. using a George Benson sample)

    Classic – Dj Premier remix (uses Carl Douglas)

    All Caps – Madvillain

    Insane in the Brain – Cypress Hill (Dj Muggs)

  11. Aint Hip to be Labeled a Hippie – De La Soul
    Dead Presidents – Jay Z
    Guess Who’s Back – Scarface ft Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Kanye West

  12. No particular order

    SV – 2u4u (Dilla)

    Busta Rhymes – What Up! (Dilla)

    Erykah Badu – Didn’t cha know (Dilla)

    Bonita Applebum – Tribe

    Common – The Light (Dilla/Poyser)

    Doin It – LL Cool J (Rashad Smith)

    Party After 2 – Sheek Louch feat. Jeremih (Phonix)

    Pachabel – Jonwayne (Flying Lotus)

    Chino XL – Don’t Say A Word (Dilla)

    B.R Gunna feat. J Dilla – Do Ya Thang (Dilla)

    SV – Forth & Back (Dilla)

  13. not in order

    Jay Z – Show me what you got (Just Blaze)
    Pete Rock and CL Smooth- TROY (Pete Rock)
    Edan- Making Plane (Edan)
    Slum Village- Players (J Dilla)
    J Rawls- Tribute to J Dilla (J Rawls)
    Madvillain- Great Day (Madlib)

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