Kanye West's 50 Best Beats for Other Artists

5. Jay-Z "Heart Of The City" (2001)

Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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Kanye sped up a piece of Bobby Bland's "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City," and in the process, fashioned the perfect backdrop for what would become one of his mentor's best known songs. With Jay-Z commiserating about the hate he was receiving at the height of his fame, Ye's soulful sample made the entire ordeal feel like a motion picture event.

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