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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

82. dead prez "Hip Hop" (1999)

Producer: dead pres
Album: Let's Get Free
Label: Loud, Columbia

There are plenty beats where you could describe a “sinister synth” but none quite matches the nerve grinding effect of dead prez’s anthem. Although this is the kind of beat we’d be happy to hear just about anyone rap on, it’s really the perfect beat for stic.man and M1, mostly because their music is all about revolution—a revolution that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but sounds like it could happen at any moment when you’re blasting this song. Produced by the duo themselves, this beat sounds like the ruckus before the riot, a rebellious uprising ready to erupt at any moment. Ironically, the beats legacy actually doesn’t lie with civil unrest but instead in sketch comedy. On every episode of Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle was introduced while this song’s instrumental played.

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