Album: Cruel Summer
Producer: Hit-Boy, Kanye West, Anthony Kilhoffer, Noah Goldstein
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam

Sometimes a beat is all it takes. Hit Boy's "Clique" beat won't knock "N****s in Paris" from its throne, but it's the next best thing. Taking nothing from Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye—who all turn in all-star verses—but anyone would sound good over this beat. Perfect for a Jay collaboration, "Clique" captures the spirit of Timbaland without objectively sounding like any beat he's made; its vague exoticism gives it a threatening, swaggering intensity. -DD

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