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Songs that Compelled Me to Make Beats


Five Joints that Pulled Me Into Beatmaking

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

There are MANY songs that inspired me to want make beats. I was thinking about some of those songs and wanted to share them with everybody. Here’s probably my top 5 or so; what’s yours?

1. “Lookin’ at the Front Door” – Main Source; produced by the Large Professor
2. “Manifest” – Gang Starr; produced by DJ Premier
3. “Road to the Riches” – Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo; produced by Marley Marl
4. “T.R.O.Y.” Pete Rock & CL Smooth; produced by Pete Rock
5. “Eye Know” – De La Soul; produced by Prince Paul (I really dug this joint).
Special note about this song. In a recent interview, Prince Paul says that it was actually Posdnuos (a member of De La) who put the beat together!

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

  • i the t

    i started making hip-hop in (i seem to recall) ’86, and if i had to choose 5 tracks as catalysts (specifically for my hip-hop produce) i’d probably say –
    1, looking for the perfect beat – soul sonic force
    2, breakin in space – keymatic
    3, 19 – paul hardcastle
    4, marley scratch – mc shan
    5, jam on revenge – newcleus

  • i the t,
    Looking for the Perfect, yes inDEED…

  • wow!your top 5 is almost exactly like mine…
    i’d prolly round out the top ten with:
    souls of mischief “’93 ’til”
    Run DMC “Beats To the Rhyme”
    Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause”
    Audio 2 “Top Bilin'”
    DJ Shadow “Midnight In a Perfect World”

  • oh yeah! EpMd “I’m Housin'”