I absolutely love instrumentals. I listen to them all the time, just to listen to them, to break down every instrument that the producer used to compose the beat, and just layer every piece together individually. When I listen to beats I try to envision myself in the studio while the song is being recorded. You know how people say that listening to classical music while you study helps you retain the information better? Well listening to hip hop instrumentals help me retain information better, and it doesn't put me to sleep while in the process of cramming. So I thought i'd make a list of my favorite beats of all time...that I can think of at the moment. Based upon the feedback on this post I would definitely like to make more parts to this list because there are so many beats that and slept on on a constant basis. After you read this please let me know if you would like another list, not from me but from any of the members of the team.
Timbaland - Indian Flute
This is probably one of the best hip hop beats of all time simply because of the creativity in incorporating the indian flute into the beat.. Actually the indian flute IS the beat.
Kendrick Lamar - Spiteful Chant
Seriously, the beat just speaks for itself. Coming from one of the greatest mixtapes of all time (in my opinion) every beat on this tape is amazing honestly pretty much everything was produced from somebody within the Digi+Phonics team.
Outkast - Ms. Jackson
Classic song from Stankonia, my favorite OUtkast album after Aquemini, the whole track was produced by Earthtone III which is a productions group comprised of Outkast and Mr. DJ. The bass guitar \ in this beat is so nostalgic, when you hear it you already know what's up.
Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothin'
In the staff post about our number one favorite artists, I wrote about how Kanye West is my favorite artist and Can't Tell Me Nothin' was the song that really got me into listening to hip hop and what really got me into listening to music as a whole. The song just represents my life. I say this a lot to my friends when I am discussing Kanye, the beat is really before it's time nobody was making beats like this in 2007 and nobody is making beats like this now.
Jay-Z & Kanye West - H.A.M
My favorite song from Watch the Throne. It really goes hard from the beat the the lyrics the track really lives up to its name. The base is intense, and with the original version the opera singing in the background really adds to its epicness. There is so much going on in the song but it flows together so beautifully.
The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By
There is just too much to say about this beat man. The Saxophone just give this song its flavor. Classic hip hop at it's finest. The way that the beat breaks down in the middle of the song just gives it the push it needs to just be great. My favorite Pharcyde song. Probably one of my favorite songs ever.
Jay-Z - PSA (Public Service Announcement)
I've always loved this beat, it's really nothing like I expected it to be when I first heard it. There is no build up but the beat comes in so strong with the church organs and the 808s and snare.
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick it
This is just a classic beat I don't have anything else to say but just press play...and close your eyes...
Yung $limmy - Florida Nigga Mentality
I heard this song a while back in a friend's basement. $LEDGEHAMMER is the producer.
Mike Jones - Still Tippin'
CLASSIC beat that's all I can say...everybody knows this though I don't really need to speak on it.