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"It's Gotta' Be The Beats Vol.II…Mike Dikk (Dumpin.Net) Edition

by Eric on August 12, 2007

I’m sure by now that everyone who does any sort of regular “blog-surfing” has come across the infamous Dumpin.Net once or twice. Dumpin.Net is filled to the rim with brashness and comedy and has quickly become one of my favorites on the “blog scene” since I started my own blog back in mid-March. Not only is “Dumpin.Net” headed by a “nut” (and I mean “nut” in a good way!) but is also comprised of four other “nuts” (ditto) that provide enough comedy to keep you in stitches all day long. Dumpin.Net’s “Monthly 25″ (which is essentially their take on everything pertinent in Hip Hop for the past 30 days) in my opinion, is a better investment than copping any relative Hip Hop magazine from your favorite newstand. Warning: if you do frequent “Dumpin.Net” be prepared to take most of the stuff you read with a grain of salt, because the opinions expressed are far from “self contained”….and that’s why I love em’. Don’t get it twisted though, these cats know their Hip Hop…as seen in their countdown of the “Top 100 Hip Hop Singles” of All-Time, which is a dope read in it’s own right (be sure to check the archives). Plus, I gotta give it up for Mike because without him W.T.R would still be “header-less”…Lord knows, I would’ve never figured that out! So here it is with a note from Mike….his “Top 25 Beats Of All Time”. Up next, Travis Glave’s (WakeYourDaugherUp) list…-Eric

From Mike: “OK, here’s my list. I have to say, I was going to try and put them in order, but I just can’t do it. Also, there’s no way I could narrow down my “favorite” beats to 25, so I tried to stick with things that knocked me on my ass the first time I heard them and continued to knock me on my ass throughout the years. Lastly, DJ Shadow’s “Endtroducing” is sometimes not considered Hip Hop depending on who you ask, so I left “Organ Donor” off of here, but it’s my honorable mention pick since I would have definitely knocked something off for it”

Mike Dikk’s “Top 25 Beats Of All Time” (link up shortly)

1. “Deep Cover” prod. by Dr.Dre-Dre & Snoop….Mike Dikk said: “This is my favorite Dre beat of all time, and quite possibly my favorite beat of all time. One of the few beats I could have running on a continuous loop inside my head”

2. “DWYCK” prod. by DJ Premier-GangStarr f. Nice & Smooth….”I have listened to this song upward of 5,000 times and I am still not sick of it”

3. “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down” prod. by Diamond D-Brand Nubian….”The most gully beat ever created. There’s like three slightly different versions of the beat though, and I’m talking about the Clean Single version”

4. “Poppa Large (East Coast Remix) prod. by Da Beatminerz (but not that Beatminerz of the B.C.C.)-Ultramagnetic MC’s….”I don’t care what anyone says, this beat makes every other U-MC’s beat sounds silly and wimpy in comparison”

5. “Good Morning Sunshine” Madlib-Quasimoto….”I don’t expect anyone to feel the way I feel about this song. The children making background noise behind the track just fucks me up every time I hear it. It’s such a simple thing, but it’s done so well. This song is beautiful, and if I had tear ducts, I’d weep every time I heard it”

6. “Top Billin” prod. by artist/Daddy-O-Audio Two….”One of, if not the most simplistic beat ever. It proves if you do minimalist shit right, it will never go out of style”

7. “Boyz in the Hood” prod. by Dr. Dre & Yella-N.W.A. & The Posse….”I fear after 20 years this beat is beginning to sound dated, and I never wanted to be a grownup listening to outdated music that children would make fun of and possibly throw rotten eggs at me for doing so, but I can’t help but like this beat”

8. “Testin‘ My Gangsta” prod. by DJ Paul, Juicy J-Three 6 Mafia….”It was really hard for me to choose only one Three 6 song for this. This beat is fucking AMAZING. The entire “Da Unbreakables” album is highly underrated as far as insane beats go”

9. “Daytona 500″ The RZA-Ghostface Killah….”This was kind of an odd choice even for me. There’s just something soo ridiculous about this beat that I’m drawn to it like a moth to a porch light every time I hear it”

10. “NY State of Mind” prod. by DJ Premier-Nas….”I think “Illmatic” is the best solo artist rap album ever made. With that said, none of the beats really stick out for me outside of “NY State of Mind”, which is just incredible”


1. “Potholes in My Lawn” prod. by Prince Paul-De La Soul….”The first song I ever heard that made me wonder how people made beats. This still gives me a hard on when I listen to it”

12. “You Gots To Chill” prod. by artist-EPMD….”If you don’t like this beat, you’re not American, which is funny, because I believe some foreigners are on this panel. Even so, they should still like this beat”

13. “Minds Playin Tricks on Me” prod. by artist, James Smith & John Bido-Geto Boys….”I have to write about this for my own site soon, so I don’t want to give too much away, but you’re never going to hear a beat sound this grimy ever again because technology is too futuristic and people don’t have to rely on records that are scratched to shit to sample from anymore”

14. “Shook Ones Pt.II” prod. by Havoc-Mobb Deep….”This beat is soo menacing. If I wasn’t such a fat piece of shit, I’d lift weights and flex naked in a full length mirror while listening to this song”

15. “America’s Most Blunted” prod. by Madlib-Madvillian….”I could have made this list completely Madlib beats and I’d still be pissed at myself for leaving a few off”

16. “Hey!” prod. by artist-MF Doom….”This beat is so great that I didn’t even care that whoever made that Theodore Unit song ripped it off. One time I was listening to my Ipod on shuffle and it played “Hey!” and the Theodore Unit song back to back and it blended together perfectly. I almost quit work right there because it’s not like my day would get any better. More people need to make beats out of Scooby Doo samples”

17. “I Got It Made” prod. by Howie Tee-Special Ed….”I don’t know what it is about this beat, but it’s really stood the test of time as far as my internal soundtrack is concerned”

18. “The Bridge is Over” prod. by Scott La Rock, KRS & Ced Gee-B.D.P….”If everyone else doesn’t have this on their list too, I call shenanigans”

19. “Children’s Story” prod. by artist-Slick Rick….”This is my favorite rap song ever, and I don’t even know who produced it. It’s because I’m a pathetic poseur. I started listening to rap music last year because my mom was sick of me blasting Kenny Chesney all day”

20. “Juicy” produced by Poke & Puff Daddy-The Notorious B.I.G….”There’s a slight chance I would have never even listened to Biggie if it wasn’t for this song”

21. “Hip Hop” prod. by artist-dead prez….”I don’t even like dead prez because I will automatically hate on anything that hippies like, and hippies like dead prez. Still, this beat doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If Mobb Deep had used this beat, they’d still have a great career”

22. “Da Mystery of Chessboxin” prod. by The RZA-Wu-Tang Clan….”I kind of closed my eyes and picked a RZA beat from 36 Chambers. I just wrote 1,400 words about this song, so I’m done writing about it forever”

23. “Passin‘ Me By” prod. by J-Swift-The Pharcyde….”I doubt this beat was even made by humans. I vividly remember the first time I heard this song, and I puked a little because I got so excited. I have a weak stomach like a puppy”

24. “Born To Roll” prod. by Ase One (I’m assuming that’s Masta Ace)-Masta Ace Incorporated….”This song makes me want to go outside, uproot trees with my bare hands and swing them at cars. Unfortunately I am 5′ 7″ and the most muscular thing on me is my kneecap, so I just have to sit quietly and listen to this”

25. “T.R.O.Y.” prod. by Pete Rock-Pete Rock & CL Smooth….This song basically
reminds everyone that is my age of their childhood, so it’s hard not to include it on such lists”

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turtle August 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Can not argue with this list. I think I would have picked a lot of the same songs.

Anonymous August 13, 2007 at 2:15 am

Did’nt MF Doom rip that beat off from Lord Finesse – You Know What I’m about ?

Hugo the Dude August 13, 2007 at 7:44 pm

i love that you put “born to roll” on this list, amazing song – amazing beat…

Anonymous August 14, 2007 at 8:44 am

Looks like a very nice list, although there are a few i don’t seem to know… Can’t wait for the DL-link!

Mike Dikk August 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

Just a tiny correction. I meant the Boyz N The Hood remix.

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