Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Dope beats...dope rhymes...what more do y'all want?

A young LL Cool J told you that he needed a beat

Don't we all?

When it comes to hip hop, most people hear the beat long before they hear the song. That's natural. Hip hop beats are so distinctive. They run through you. They move you. They make you move. Some of the songs with the dopest beats often intrigue me. I wonder if the lyrics came before the beats. Or if the beats inspired the lyrics.

When I think of some of the best beat makers in hip hop...a few names come to mind...

Jay Dilla (RIP)

Dr. Dre


DJ Premier


Just to name a few.

When I hear a beat like the beat from Biggie's song Dead Wrong...my head starts knocking. But that's just one beat.

What about you? What beat moves you?

Who are some of your favorite hip hop producers?


Kay C, The Quiet Storm said...

Old school hip-hop seemed to be made for dancing. That may be the big difference between then and now.

Whoever laid the beat for the new Sade song 'Soldier of Love' did their thing. That song just makes me want to move.

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Man too many beats too many producers from the real beats to the beats totally made to put that knock in your trunk. Gotta pay homage to the south and list David Banner he's produced quite few joints I LOVE (if nobody else prob does)and no it doesn't have to do with how fine I think he is (ok maybe a little bit).

However the beat is the key to everything, its how you get women to dance to songs that ain't talking about them!!


The Jaded NYer said...

I couldn't name anyone but alls *I* know is when the beat for Luda's "Southern Hospitality" starts up I just TURN! Into what- you don't wanna know... lol

Smarty Jones said...

As much as I don't care for Puff, the beat to "All About the Benjamins" is still one of my all-time favorites.

Smarty Jones said...

Oh, an the beat for "Down Bottom" by Ruff Ryders.

Rich Fitzgerald said...

The original get out your seat beat had to be by Afrikka Bambata

Un da da dohn dohn do
Un da da
dohn do

theINTELLECT said...

I have really fallen in love with Nicolay from the Foreign Exchange!! His beats are so smooth, almost feels like easy listening and it was perfect study music this semester.

Mizrepresent said...

I loved me some Timbaland. He was just so unique, him and Missy were doing their thing for sure. I also like that real ole skoole hip hop, like that "on the left song", that is my jam still!

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Gosh, way too many to name, I'll groove to anything with a good beat.

Rashan Jamal said...

DJ Premier # 1
Timbaland - late 90s
Pete Rock
Dr Dre

Man, too many in my head. One of my favorite beats is Phone Tap... or Come Clean by Jeru... I can't call it, I'll be here all day thinking of my favorite beats.