Any producer who the average hip-hop fan can name has had to labor over dozens, if not hundreds, of beats. And after they’ve made the beat, they have to convince an MC, usually someone far more famous than them, that this is the track they need to be on right now. The legends, the ones that have worked this hustle the most successfully, building a body of work that spans decades and key tracks on several classic albums, have more perfect beats than you can count. But every catalog has gems that stand out, that demonstrate exactly what made one beatmaker into a super-producer, what separates them from their peers. These are the Best Bests by Your Favorite Producers.

Written by Al Shipley (@alshipley​).