Welcome to the 1st annual beat awards, a glamorous affair where the best beats are recognized with countless accolades. I’ve presented awards to several deserving beats selected from a pool of my all-time favorite tracks. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a definitive list. Also, it is important to note that the awards were given to beats on songs that I play constantly ; and with good reason. These beats are truly incredible and deserve some sort of acknowledgment.
So without further ado, let’s get into it . Here are the awards in no particular order:
MOST SEDUCTIVE BEAT – “The Future” – (Joe Budden)
– There’s no surprise why this beat won this award. It is very sonically pleasing and extremely seductive. It makes me think the dirtiest thoughts and Joe Budden’s rapping style fits it perfectly. Thanks to ‘Dub B’s killer production skills, I could listen to this track on repeat indefinitely. Listen here
‘BEST BEAT’ – “Mighty Healthy” (Ghostface Killah)
– This beat gets the blue ribbon for well, the best beat ever in my opinion. It’s hypnotic, hard-hitting and grimy and perfect for Ghostface Killah’s unrestrained flow. Produced by Mathematics. Listen here
HARDEST OLD SCHOOL R&B BEAT – “Going in Circles” (Isaac Hayes)
– Not sure who did this one but it does something to me. Maybe it’s the amazing back up singers or Isaac Hayes soulful crooning. Or maybe its the fact that Ghostface sampled this track for his “Malcolm” track. And we all know how I feel about Ghostface. Listen here
BEST J DILLA BEAT: Reminisce (Bilal feat. Common and Mos Def)
– Yeah I’m saying it. This is the best beat produced by J Dilla! I get super hype whenever I hear this track. It is super addictive too. I can’t really describe it, but know that it’s just as good as I say it is..Listen here
MOST SOPHISTICATED RAP BEAT – “Camay” (Ghostface Killah)
– There isn’t a smoother beat than this anywhere. I hear this track and I just want to start undressing…lol. When that piano riff comes in and Teddy P starts singing, it’s a wrap. The drums also help this track maintain a fine balance between sexy and grimy. Listen here
BEST HARDCORE BEAT- “When you hear the” (Mobb Deep)
-Produced by the Alchemist this one just has too many good qualities to name. The sinister tone, strong chords and odd wailing in the background make this the perfect murky track. Mobb Deep sounds ideal riding this beat. Listen here,
BEST RAINY DAY BEAT – “Speakin’ so Freely” – (Mobb Deep)
– This gem was produced by Havoc and what a beauty it is! I love listening to this song in the rain. It just puts me in a good frame of mind. There is something about the simplicity of it that is incredibly beautiful. I could listen to this one on repeat too for a really really long time. Listen here
BEST BEAT TO PONDER LIFE’S MEANING TO – “Regrets” – Jay Z
-This is probably my absolute favorite Jay-Z song. It was produced by Peter Panic and I adore it! I love the softness of this beat and the way it comes in. I think about this song when I’m not listening to it. Very effective beat. Listen here
BEST BEAT TO GET AMPED TO – “Cold as Ice” – MOP
-I know what you’re thinking: “Ante Up” is a much better beat to get amped to. You may be right, but there’s just something about “Cold as Ice” that gets ME hype. Maybe it’s all that base and the persuasive vocals. Listen here
MOST SOULFUL BEAT- “Never Change” – Jay Z
-Every time I hear this song I let out a huge sigh instinctively. I’ve used the word beautiful too many times in this post, but I can’t help it. This beat really is beautiful. This is one of those beats perfectly suited for an introspective, “Look at me now” type of song and Jay-Z seamlessly delivers. Listen here
SEXIEST NEW BEAT/CRACK MUSIC AWARD – “Never Been” – Wiz Khalifa
-Another beat that rubs me the right way. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever heard before and I like it! Produced by Sledgren. Listen here
BEST SOUL SEARCHING BEAT- “Once Upon a time” – Raekwon feat. Takitha
This is one of those super sad beats that you should listen to on a cold rainy day. Listen here
MOST ELEGANT BEAT – “Bad by myself “- (Jim Jones, Stack bundles and Max B.)
The smooth sophistication of this beat was very unexpected. I’m not sure who produced it but I think it is so pretty! Puts me in a good mood instantly after I listen to it. Listen here
SMOOTHEST BEAT – “Want you to Want me” – (Tanya Morgan)
Another polished beat. It has a vintage sound to it that I absolutely love. This song also fills me with happiness. It has a nice groove. This is happy sexy music, people!
BEST R&B BEAT – “Almost doesn’t Count” – (Brandy)
A Grammy award-winning very, very pretty beat. Brandy kills it on this song. Produced by Guy Roche.
BEST HEAVYWEIGHT COLLABO BEAT – “The What “- (Biggie feat Method Man)
This is another one of those timeless beats. If I smoked weed, this would be my song of choice to smoke to. It is the beat best suited for the epic collaboration between Method Man and Biggie Smalls. Produced by Easy Mo Bee, this beat gets the red ribbon for hotness!
REALEST BEAT – “Politics as Usual” – (Jay-Z)
Another impossibly smooth beat. One of my all time favorites. Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ album is chock full of amazing beats like this. This one was produced by Ski
BEST BEAT TO INCITE A REVOLUTION – “Rising Down” – (The Roots)
This beat commands your attention the moment it begins. It is extremely effective. You can feel the tension rising as it progresses and it sounds FANTASTIC turned up really loud. Produced by Questlove.
MOST SUITABLE BEAT FOR INTROSPECTIVE RHYMES- “Dear Whoever” – (Skyzoo)
I like everything about this beat. I want to sing along when I hear it. Props to Illmind for this one.
MOST SOUL-STIRRING BEAT – “You’re da man” – (NaS)
This has to be one of the most beautiful beats I’ve ever heard (for lack of a better way to describe it). The music is extremely calming and when paired with NaS’ soul stirring vocals this track really pops. Produced by Large Professor.
MOST ROUSING RAP BEAT – Free Mason – (Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z)
There is just something about this beat that appeals to me. It just screams “I have arrived and I’m not going anywhere”. I guess it’s fitting that Rick Ross and Jay-Z are rhyming over it. Produced by The Inkredibles.
BEST SAMPLE USAGE – Never Die – (Young Chris)/MAYBACH MUSIC – RICK ROSS
The sample in this beat was used by the likes of Rick Ross before Young Chris got his hands on it. It is one of the best beats ever. It has all the ingredients that make an epic beat: arresting music, a fantastic sample and the ability to sound fresh years after it’s release.
BEST BEAT USED BY THE ROOTS – Step into the Realm – (The Roots)
I love this beat. It is very dimensional. Nuff’ said.
BEST ROOTS BEAT (RUNNER UP)- “Aint Sayin’ Nuthin New” – (The Roots)
I also love this beat. It puts me in a Philly State of Mind. I love the way it changes up. I love the brooding quality of the guitar (is that a guitar?) and the keys. This beat is every changing. Not sure who will accept this award though. Unsure of the producer.
BEST LATIN INFUSED BEAT – “Desperado” – The Firm
The spanish guitar on this track is ferocious! Makes me want to dance. Producers are Curt Gowdy and the Trackmasters. Great Job fellas!
MOST HAUNTING BEAT- No Hook – (Jay-Z)
This beat is serious. It’s dark and somber and the perfect companion to Jay-Z’s gloomy raps. I love it!
BEST MOVEMENT MUSIC – Beautiful Noise – (The Diplomats)
Charlemagne and E Bass are responsible for this one. This is a simple beat but there is something undeniably magical about it. It commands your attention and emotions. Very effective!
MOST RECOGNIZED BEAT- Where I’m From (Jay-Z)
There can’t be anyone left who hasn’t heard this beat. Whether on Jay-Z’s rousing “Where I’m From” or on the poppy Dirty Money track, the beat takes center stage to any vocals. It is so gritty, hardcore and timeless. Producted by the Hitmen.
BEST EMO-RAP BEAT – Flashing Lights (Kanye
The music on this beat tugs at your heart strings, touches your soul and does every other cliche’d thing you can say about authentic soul music. There’s something about the notes or the chords that evoke emotion. Kanye wins big.
BEST FEEL GOOD BEAT- We Gon’ Make it (The Lox)
I dare you to play this song and not feel good. This is probably the best use of classical music in a beat.
BEST “DONT SECOND GUESS ME”/TRIUMPHANT COMEBACK BEAT- “Believe it” – (Saigon)
Just Blaze strikes again with a miraculous beat for Saigon’s “don’t count me out just yet” killer single. Just realized there was a video for this! Sweet!
BEST BEAT IN DIPSET CATALOG – “I really mean it” – (Diplomats)
Another very special beat and another bad creation from Just Blaze. I love the triumphant horns and the strong vocals. Like Juelz Santana said “Now that’s powerful music”.
MOST HYPNOTIC/ADDICTIVE BEAT – “Runnin” – (The Pharcyde)
It starts off sweet. You know you’re in for something and the beat progressively builds into a delightful groove. complete with the sounds of a record being scratched, a bangin’ base line and fantastic drums. The vocals blend perfectly with the beat making this one of the stand out songs in Hip Hop.
MOST TRIUMPHANT BEAT – “Dip-set Forever” – (Cam’ron)
Produced by Kanye West, there is something very triumpant about this beat. It samples “Forever” by Chuck Cissel and I truly love it.
So there you have it. The best beats in my humble opinion. Remember I just picked my favorites. Hope you agreed with a few of them. Feel free to add your own in my comments section and see you next year!