FSD Feature: Kanye West’s 25 Best Beats [1999-2005]

| October 19, 2012 | 12 Comments

Words by Alex Gleckman (@agleckman)

“Act like I ain’t had a belt in two classes.” Kanye has held a title belt (much like a number of Michaels) in his first class, producing, for well over a decade. From local acts to global hits, his MPC work has come to define eras in Hip-Hop. He’s given rappers teetering on the edge of falling off new life, and has given new artists career defining records — he’s a true master of his craft.

Here are 25 of his greatest achievements as a producer, from roughly the first half of his career. We decided to highlight 25 of these tracks from 1999-2005 which are his first heavily documented years in the game. We’ll be covering 25 more from 2006-2012 in the very near future, but for now check out these first six. The list includes beats Kanye produced for himself as well as for other artists. Oh, and remember, lists are subjective. Walk with us below.

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  1. guest says:

    really? the takeover as number 1? smh

  2. chitownkrazy says:

    i’m not reading 26 different pages for what’s spose to be 1 fkin list! greedy bastards just want ad-view money.

  3. skinnyboy says:

    I think this is accurate list with the exception of a few tracks( spend the night-marey carey, wouldn’t get far- game, a star is born- jay z )

  4. Yinka says:

    Too lazy to go through whole list, but Through The Wire should at least be in top 5

  5. chi-girl says:

    Very nice list! Ya’ll shoulda put Camron’s Dead Or Alive, Do Or Die’s Paid the Price, Freeway-Hear The Song.

  6. Rick Chyme says:

    This track isn’t a Bette Midler sample, they had to recreate it in order to clear. 5iveit

  7. All I know is “Through The Wire” and “Down”(Cam’Ron) are some energetic azz beats

  8. Aris Sparks says:

    Do Or Die – Higher was one of my favorites
    An 88 Keys list would be awesome

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  11. familybizent says:

    I thought Spaceship should be on this list.

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