Spotify’s RapCaviar has newly released their 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time, naming Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s 1999 collaboration “Still D.R.E.” at No. 1. The JAY-Z written song appeared on Dre’s sophomore album, 2001, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in November 1999, and has since been certified as a West Coast classic, much like Dre’s 1992 debut The Chronic.
Rounding out the top ten of RapCaviar’s list are Mobb Deep (“Shook Ones, Pt. II”), The Clipse (“Grindin’”), The Notorious B.I.G. (“Who Shot Ya?”), Lil Wayne (“A Milli”), Kanye West (“Power”), Puff Daddy & the Family (“All About the Benjamins (Remix)”, Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall (“Still Tippin’”), Travis Scott featuring Drake (“Sicko Mode”) and Missy Elliott (“Get Ur Freak On”).
As for the top 50, there are a number of classics, including The Diplomats’ “Dipset Anthem;” Camp Lo’s “Luchini AKA This Is It;” Souls of Mischief’s “93 ’til Infinity” and more. Interestingly enough, there isn’t a lot of ’80s rap songs on the list and zero DJ Premier songs.
Despite RapCaviar’s comprehensive list, it received some critiques for snubbing artists both throwback and contemporary, and not mentioning producers by name.
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RapCaviar has had a productive 2023 thus far, releasing Hulu docuseries RapCaviar Presents in March, with episodes about Tyler, the Creator, Roddy Ricch, City Girls, Coi Leray and Polo G.
“We’re really proud of this docuseries,” Creative Director & Head of Urban Music at Spotify and Executive Producer of RapCaviar Presents Carl Chery said in a statement. “As a storytelling medium that is rooted in the spirit of traditional journalism – most of the episodes chronicle an artist’s journey in parallel with topics that relate to society and hip-hop culture at large.”
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