Being a successful producer in hip-hop is a double-edged sword. Rarely does a beatmaker become a bankable brand name without a signature sound they can recreate for whoever's willing to pay. But once the producer’s name gets hot, and artists start lining up to get that sound for their next single, listeners recognize the common traits between different beats, and get wise to the “formula.”

In a genre built on loops and breaks, there’s nothing wrong with a little repetition, but returning to certain sounds over and over can make their appeal fade. Here are 10 hip-hop producers frequently accused of making the same beat over and over again, and why those claims may (or may not) be justified.