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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

65. Snoop Dogg "Drop It Like It's Hot" (2004)

Producer: The Neptunes
Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Label: Doggystyle, Star Trak, Geffen

One of the most incredible minimalist beats ever, The Neptunes crafted a No. 1 Billboard hit for Snoop Dogg with nothing but tongue clicks, keyboards, and a drum machine beat so simple it sounds like anyone could've thought of it but, of course, no one but The Neptunes actually did. The highlight of the beat was certainly the two seconds when the keyboard (which we’re assuming Pharrell jacked from a spaceship) comes in and lands in stark contrast to the rest of the production. Once again, Chad and Skateboard P showed that when it comes to production, sometimes less is more than you could have ever imagined.

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