Spotify ranks 50 greatest hip-hop beats of all time

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Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep and The Clipse take top 3 honors on Spotify’s list

Spotify has released a list of what it considers to be the 50 greatest hip-hop beats of all time in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Bronx-born music genre later this year.

The list consists of some of the most popular hip-hop songs in history, spanning several eras and decades. The top beat on the list, as revealed on social media via RapCaviar, is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Still D.R.E.” Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. II” lands at No. 2, while The Clipse’s “Grindin'” is in the third position.

Also represented in the top ten are The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya,” Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,” Kanye West’s “Power,” Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins (Remix),” Mike Jones’ “Still Trippin’,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “SICKO MODE,” and Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On.”

Spotify’s editorial team compiled and curated the list. Their choices and sequencing were based on originality, replay value, production value, influence, innovation and overall impact. The streaming service will continue releasing hip-hop playlists leading up to Aug. 11, the anniversary date of hip-hop.

Spotify’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time full list:

  1. Still Dre” – Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Dogg_

  2. Shook Ones, Pt. II” – Mobb Deep

  3. Grindin‘” – The Clipse

  4. Who Shot Ya?” – The Notorious B.I.G

  5. A Milli” – Lil Wayne

  6. Power” – Kanye West

  7. It’s All About the Benjamins (Remix)” – Puff Daddy & The Family

  8. Still Tippin‘” – Mike Jones (featuring Paul Wall and Slim Thug)

  9. SICKO MODE” – Travis Scott (featuring Drake)

  10. Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliott

  11. C.R.E.A.M.” – Wu-Tang Clan

  12. Nuthin’ B a ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Dogg)

  13. The Message” – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5

  14. N***** in Paris” Jay-Z and Kanye West

  15. We Gonna Make It” – Jadakiss (featuring Styles P)

  16. Throw Some D’s” – Rich Boy (featuring Polow da Don)

  17. Big Pimpin’” – Jay-Z (featuring UGK)

  18. The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) – Black Sheep

  19. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” – Busta Rhymes

  20. I Got 5 On It” – The Luniz (featuring Michael Marshall)

  21. Flava In Ya Ear” – Craig Mark

  22. Dipset Anthem” – The Diplomats

  23. They Reminisce Over You” – Pete Rock & CL Smooth

  24. Some Cut” – Trillville

  25. Luchini AKA This Is it” – Camp Lo

  26. NY State of Mind” – Nas

  27. Runnin’” – The Pharcyde

  28. Liquid Swords” – GZA

  29. Dreams and Nightmares” – Meek Mill

  30. Knuck If You Buck” – Crime Mob (featuring Lil Scrappy)

  31. Ambitionz Az A Ridah” – 2Pac

  32. Children’s Story” – Slick Rick

  33. Mass Appeal” – Gang Starr

  34. Mask Off” – Future

  35. B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast) – Rick Ross (featuring Styles P)

  36. Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” – DMX

  37. Electric Relaxation” – A Tribe Called Quest

  38. Whoa” – Black Rob

  39. I’m Bout It, Bout It” – TRU

  40. March Madness” – Future

  41. My Hitta” – YG (featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan)

  42. Ha” – Juvenile

  43. m.A.A.d city” Kendrick Lamar (featuring MC Eiht)

  44. They Know (Dey Know)” – Shawty Lo

  45. Down 4 My N****z” C-Murder (featuring Magic and Snoop Dogg)

  46. Cell Therapy” – Goodie Mob

  47. 93’ Til Infinity” – Souls of Mischief

  48. Paid In Full” – Eric B and Rakim (featuring Marley Marl_

  49. Ridin Spinners” – Three 6 Mafia (featuring Lil’ Flip)

  50. I Don’t Like” – Chief Keef ft. Lil Reese

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