Top 10 Rap Songs With the Best Beats

The Top Ten
1 Shook Ones, Pt. II - Mobb Deep

This is the greatest rap beat of all time. No rap beat ever made comes close to this. This beat has been rapped over and covered and sampled numerous times. It was even featured on the final rap battle in 8 Mile.

I believe this beat was the best beat ever. I didn't choose Still Dre because the main tune, the catchy piano, has been sampled from some other source, so yes.

It's real rap. That Still Dre song is fine, but this is more of a rap beat than a catchy tune, which is what I think of Still Dre's beat.

2 Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre

Best song of Chronic 2001 and another sick beat created by Dre.

3 Lose Yourself - Eminem

I love the beat on this song. It really works well with Eminem's amazing lyrics.

The lyrics in this song are sick, along with the beat that Eminem created.

4 In da Club - 50 Cent

This is a hard hip hop beat. How can those Nas fans claim that NY State of Mind has a harder beat than this? The beat is one of the best things about this song. It's very intense, menacing, and intimidating.

Dr. Dre is an absolute fire producer.

Amazing and deep beat that feels like an underground party in the club.

5 Black Skinhead - Kanye West

Absolutely insane production by Daft Punk and Kanye, the beat is all over the place in the best way possible. From the rapid tom drums to the earth-shattering 808s in the chorus, and the weirdly chill beat in the verses, this beat is mental.

- Politik

6 Changes - 2pac
7 Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
8 California Love - Tupac
9 The World is Yours - Nas

A sick beat from a great song by a great rapper.

10 N.Y. State of Mind - Nas

One of the funkiest boom-bap beats I've ever heard, everything goes well together in this simplistic beat. The piano chords after each measure, whatever instrument is in the lead melody, the fat snare, and the actual audible kick. Most kicks in old boom-bap beats are overpowered by other elements. It's just too good.

- Politik

This is the definition of a hardcore hip hop beat. The beat is catchy and just hooks you on to it as soon as you hear the first verse.

Damn, the beat goes harder than anything in this world.

The Contenders
11 Maad City - Kendrick Lamar

Without any doubt, both of the beats in this song are two of the best hip-hop/rap beats of the 2010s, and maybe even of Kendrick's whole career. The first beat is absolutely ruthless with an amazing string sample. The second beat is one of the best beat switches ever. It easily gets my vote for this list.

- Politik

12 Many Men (Wish Death) - 50 Cent
13 Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
14 Faucet Failure - Ski Mask the Slump God
15 Power - Kanye West

The vocal sample in this is infectious. The drums are just at the perfect amount of power (see what I did there), and everything that joins in as the beat progresses is amazing. Overall, an incredible beat.

- Politik

16 They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
17 Runaway - Kanye West

This beat is absolutely beautiful, one of the best in Ye's career. The progression in this song's beat is mental, starting with a slow piano riff. It then evolves into a gorgeous, emotional beat with some of the best vocal sampling I've ever heard. Truly a masterpiece.

- Politik

18 Till I Collapse - Eminem

It is an amazing beat. The lyrics go well with the beat.

To be fair, I didn't see Kendrick Lamar's "HiiiPower" before I picked this beat for my top ten, but I digress. This beat is intense, energetic, and perfect for a workout. The beginning of the track resembles "Lose Yourself", and then segues into an amazing beat.

- Politik

19 Unforgettable - French Montana
20 Big Pimpin - Jay Z
21 Heart Attack - Scarlxrd
22 The Next Episode - Dr. Dre
23 No Role Modelz - J. Cole

One of my favorite J. Cole songs, but admittedly not my favorite. I believe personally there are better ones. Lit beat though, so I'm voting for it.

24 Nuthin' but a "G" Thang - Dr. Dre

This song made g-funk popular and is considered one of the most influential and greatest rap songs of all time. Not to mention it's also the best g-funk song ever.

25 Hard In Da Paint - Waka Flocka Flame
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