Kanye West's 50 Best Beats for Other Artists

2. Jay-Z "Takeover" (2001)

Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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Kanye's epic use of classic rockers The Doors' "Five to One" made for one monumental beat. Not surprisingly, Jay-Z used it for the best diss track in hip-hop history. Nas and Prodigy slander aside, this instrumental stands completely on its own. The bass may be the most thunderous of Ye's production career. The Jim Morrison vocal samples are eerie, but incredibly choice. The haunting guitar riffs take Hov's lines from tough to truly sinister. Kanye outdid himself here, and given the legendary nature of the subject matter on "Takeover," its excellence will live on forever.

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