(My ex-favorite hip-hop mag)
Scratch Magazine is, fuck it, was the first hip-hop mag dedicated exclusively to producers and DJs, and it was fuckin’ ill until some CEO pulled the plug on it and it got demoted to a blog, which you can read over at XXL’s website, which you can find on my blogroll.
Here’s their post from today, I just thought it was important enough to merit some coverage from yours truly (not that I’m anything special). It’s their list of the 10 best beats of all time. I copied/pasted their original links and then replaced their descriptions with my commentary on each choice.
You can read the original post here.
10 ) “Wrong Side Of The Tracks”- This is a so-so jazz rap beat. I don’t know why this is on here – Nas’ “Life’s A Bitch” is a stylistically similar track that’s obviously superior.
9 ) “Come Clean”- This seems to get a mention because of its sample, but it’s definitely not Preemo’s best work. Just off the dome, I prefer “ALONGWAYTOGO” or “So Amazing” to this track. It’s pretty bare.
8 ) “T.R.O.Y.”- This is yet another that seems to be on here just because it samples a song better than itself. This one, for my money, is good, but I think it sounds a little too messy. It’s basically just one sample looped over some drums.
7 ) “Diary Of A Madman”- This one is better than the other choices, but, again, I can name a song off the dome with a similar style and iller beat, in this case, Wyclef’s “Apocalypse.”
6 ) “Hand On The Pump”- This one I agree with. It’s my favorite beat (and song) off of one of my favorite albums, Cypress Hill by Cypress Hill. Hell, sometimes I put it in my deck just to listen to the way they flipped this beat. Co-sign.
5 ) “Da Rockwilder”- This one’s pretty good, but it’s definitely not one of the best. It sounds like a Busta Rhymes club banger with more complexities and little sonic details.
4 ) “T.O.N.Y.”- This beat is just OK, like most of the tracks that made the list. I’m starting to think Scratch’s blogger was listening to more than just the beat when he/she picked these.
3 ) “Whoah”- Another simplistic, mediocre beat. Ya know the list isn’t gonna be real when there’s a motherfucking Black Rob song on it.
2 ) “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”- A surreal, minimalist classic from Busta. I’m not that mad at this selection, but if he really wanted to put this on here, it should have been lower on the list.
1 ) “Protect Ya Neck”- There are a lot of superior RZA beats, I don’t know why he went with this one. It’s not even the illest joint off of “Enter the Wu Tang” – that was easily “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin To F Wit.” I also would have taken GZA’s “4th Chamber” over this any day.
Now, what’ s missing? Just about everything.
The two obvious exceptions, Deep Cover by Dr. Dre & Shook Ones Part II by Mobb Deep, get a mere honorable mention.
For my money, Shook Ones Part II is the greatest beat of all time. So why is it not on the list?
Fuck if I know.
Other beats that should have been on here:
Sucker MC’s by Run-DMC, Natural Born Killaz by Dr. Dre, Kunta Fly Shit by Ghostface Killah.