What’s The Illest Freestyle Beat Ever?

So I was on nahright yesterday and saw that Eskay posted this Papoose “A Millie” Freestyle.

Obviously, it’s not the first and probably won’t be the last. Just last week, Jadakiss absolutely demolished the beat on his freestyle with Cory Gunz. Come to think about it, a good number of “A Millie” freestyles have been poppin’ up as of late. I guess it’s fair to crown “A Millie” the freestyle beat du jour. As you guys know, whenever someone comes out with a heater production-wise, every rapper and their momma wants to give it their own treatment.

Like, remember when “Grindin” came out? The beat was so fire, dudes were spazzing on it for months. The same goes for instrumentals like “Breathe,” and “Whoa.” We can probably go as far as “It’s All About The Benjamins.” Let’s not forget Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya.” It’s almost like all the nice MCs have ripped that beat at least once. Shoot, even my cousin Mayhem merked this joint off the top back in the day and I remember Mos Def murdering it on Black On Both Sides.

I’m ready to say “Who Shot Ya” is the G.O.A.T. of freestyle beats. The beat just makes you wanna rap. I remember being in a whip full of non-rappers and we were playing my cuz’s instrumental tape. Everybody just started trying to spit all over the damn place.But, if I’m to think about something more recent, I guess…I’ve been slacking on my mixtape listening, so I’m drawing a blank. I’m sure dudes have been dropping their share of “Rider Pt.2″ freestyles, though.

Personally, my favorite freestyle beat is Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear.” The beat is funky and it’s just the right tempo for you to pace your flow. That’s what I wanna hear ill dudes flow over. I wish I heard Canibus destroy that beat before he officially went cuckoo. Tuh…tuh…tuh…tuh! “Who Shot Ya” is the G.O.A.T, but “Flava In Ya Ear” is my pick. What about you MCs? What’s your favorite freestyle beat? You non-MCs weigh in too. If you had to pick a beat to freestyle, what would it be?

  • dub j

    am i first????!!!! yessssssss!!..Anyway the Benjamins is the best beat.

  • frank

    I would have to say The East Flatbush Project’s “Tried by 12″ everyone and their mother spit to that beat..I remember biggie spiting over this which happened to be his last freestyle..That s$#t takes me back to high school…..

  • yea son! yea!

    Lil’ Wayne’s “B.M. Jr” off of “Tha Carter”

    And

    Lupe Fiasco’s “Ghetto Story” off of “Food & Liquor”

    Are great beats to freestyle to…

  • yea son! yea!

    Lil’ Wayne’s “B.M. Jr” off of “Tha Carter” and Lupe Fiasco’s “Ghetto Story” off of “Food & Liquor” are great beats to freestyle to…

  • paychexx

    shook ones

    • http://www.xxlmag.com jackpot

      I can’t believe I forgot “Shook Ones Pt.2″ “Living Proof” from Group Home was sick too.

  • KQ

    #1 = Simon Says (Pharaohe Monch)
    #2 = Flava in your ear (Craig Mack)
    #3 = Triumph (Wu Tang)

    • co-sign

  • http://www.myspace.com/demcarolinaboiz828 Shelliano

    Beats EVERY MC needs to rip before they die:

    Incarcerated Scarfaces
    Who Shot Ya
    Benjamins
    Grindin
    I Shot Ya
    Any Preemo Beat ( You Know My Steez is a personal Fav!)
    Shook Ones/Burn
    T.O.N.Y or Bloody Money

    Holla

  • http://www.myspace.com/jokkjazzz Jackie Shithole

    timbo’s “dirt off your shoulder” get’s me going everytime.

  • ThaRealBoiWonder

    Freestlyin Beats,my top three are:

    Money On My Mind
    Hustlin
    Ether

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Yeah, “Who Shot Ya?” is prolly the best. Even my man murdered that shit one time, nigga did the beat two times over and went for like 200 bars on it. Papoose also destroyed that beat recently. Plus Beans has a crazy joint on that, and Game flipped it once too. I’m pretty sure G-Unit went over that beat while at Hot 97 with Flex one time. And Mos Def did it crazy too. I can’t remember any other people who flipped it tho. Anyone think of someone else?

    But “Triumph” and “Benjamins” (“I even let you rhyme to the Benjamin beat” – Big Pun)is both popular beats to flip too. Others include; “Made You Look” “Show Me What You Got” (since Jay aint do shit with it) “Show Some D’s” “Nuthin But A G Thang” and a bunch of other shit I can’t think of.

    • henry

      whats the benjamin beat?

  • Pierzy

    Shook Ones Pt. II is a good call, especially considering what happened in “8 Mile” but I think I have to co-sign with Flava In Ya Ear…although Still D.R.E. is up there with Who Shot Ya.

  • D.O.

    Flavor in ya Ear is definitely the greatest freestyle beat ever. My other in the top 5 are

    T.O.N.Y (CNN)
    Rite Where U Stand (Gangstarr)
    Poppin Them Thangs (G-Unit)
    Incarcerated Scarfaces (Raekwon)

  • http://www.myspace.com/PreZZureMuzik PreZZure

    nah man the illest freestyle beat is “Mass Appeal” hardbody…and then 2nd “Dead Presidents”

  • BK Cyph

    Maybe “Who Shot Ya” just off of GP… but i’ll tell you what… Cool Breeze’s “Watch for the Hook” is giving Big Poppa’s beat a run for it’s money!

    • Rizob

      MY NIGGA! “Watch for the Hook” is IT! you just gotta rap when that come on! Im witcha on that one big time! props

  • http://www.going.com/larrybrite Larry Brite

    Put em in there place – Mobb Deep

    Put You on the Game – The Game

    Born 2 Roll – Masta Ace

    We Taking Over – Dj Kalid (or Kaleed)

  • Be a Nigger Too

    Quiet Storm-Mobb Deep
    What’s my Name Pt. II-Snoop Dogg (Lloyd Banks ripped that shit!)
    Oochie Wally-Nas & The Bravehearts (That beat is so chill)
    Kick Push-Lupe Fiasco (Also very chill)
    Dipset Anthem

  • JE

    jay-z trulife

  • twocents

    One of my favorite Jay-z freestyles is over the ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ beat. “…I get rid of you the fast way / the ski mask way / pull hammers from the coat / this ain’t no handgun / this ish’ll sink a boat”. Haha…the good ‘ol dayz…

  • http://www.myspace.com/dfranksound D Frank

    Killa Cam- Killa Cam
    Ballers- Project Pat
    Juice- Rakim
    Murder- UGK
    Nutmeg- Ghostface Killah
    Zatar- MF Doom

  • ill G

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me…CREAM! get the money! Dolla dolla bill yallllllll

  • sDOT

    State Prop – “Roc the Mic”
    Jadakiss – “We Gonna Make It”
    Styles P – “Good Times (I Get High)”
    Talib Kweli – “Get By”

    Puffy – “Young G’s” (it’s a chill beat to flow on)

  • lee j

    you know a while back everybody was freestylin on that “cannon” joint from wayne’s dedication 2

  • Grind’n my niggaz

    That Clipse beat grind’n was freestyle heaven when it came out. I think that was the first beat I heard like twenty rappers around the country had something out for it. My Fav was E40 & San Quinn

    (Chorus)
    y’know them bay boys be time’n
    Time’n, with a big fat bank in the lining

    “I break down bricks
    like a bulldozer
    police behind us
    we never pull over
    etc..”

  • Og bobby j

    quiet storm
    shook ones
    HA – juvenile
    Money power respect
    if i ruled the world
    Ice Cream

  • Shiz

    I would go with:

    Cam’ron- Killa Cam and Down and Out
    Kanye ft. Cam’ron & Consequence- Gone
    50 Cent- What Up Gangsta?
    Weezy- Let The Beat Build (someone’s gotta try to rip that beat) and Milli I agree
    Mobb Deep- Shook Ones
    Jay-Z: Public Service Announcement
    Mims- This Is Why I’m Hot
    Rich Boy- Throw Some D’s
    Dipset- Dipset Anthem
    Juelz- S.A.N.T.A.N.A

    AYY!!

    • NOTORIOUS AGC

      good list, you forgot TRIUMPH

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    duck seazon

  • http://myspace.com/phantom916 phantom

    Shook ones
    triumphcream

  • JamPo

    I’ll say..

    Quiet Storm-Mobb Deep….easy to ride….

    Bitches Ain’t Shit-Dr. Dre….a nigga can style on this ish.

    Murder-UGK….gotta be skilled for this ish.

    Daytona 500-Ghostface…the ultimate flow check..

    Oh Boy-Killa Cam-….some mo’ of that shit a nigga can style too……

    Mr. Big-8Ball & MJG….that real south shit..

  • Fixda

    I think Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Revere is that shit to freestyle to…so simple that all kind of flow could go in…

  • Scripture

    I’d say the illest freestyle beats to spit to…

    - Shook Ones pt II -Mobb Deep
    - Ice Cream -Wu-Tang
    - 357 -Camron
    - Another Level -Showbiz & A.G.
    - Ante Up -M.O.P
    - Nas is Like -NAS
    - Special Delivery -G-Dep
    - Touch It -Busta Rhymes
    - Aloustrious -Mobb Deep

  • spotrusherz

    victory is up there too
    ya playin ya self
    get money
    24 hours to live
    ambitionz as a ridah

  • Danny

    Down for my N*ggas is the Sh*t!!

  • W.Harris

    Hmm..I think the “Who shot Ya” beat wins out…Cosign the part about Canibus…Nobody writes like this dude and he goes hard over tracks like this.Dude should just put out an album w/ tracks that have already been put out since he seems to have problems selecting beats himself

  • Casey Bach

    Dispet Anthem is a must.

  • PURPLE HULK

    THAT BEAT IS HORRIBLE, SMH AT YOU LIKING SUCH A GAY PIECE OF SHIT THAT WAS RAPPED OVER BY A GAY PIECE OF SHIT RAPPER, THAT MAKES YOU A GAY PIECE OF SHIT.

    • Danny

      You know, just cuz you hate Dipset doesn’t mean you gotta hate their beats…

      It’s not like Cam made the Dipset Anthem beat…

      Admit it, the beats hot…

      • PURPLE HULK

        I WAS TALKING TO THE BLOGGER
        I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE DIPSET ANTHEM BEAT.

        • NOTORIOUSAGC

          this faggot ass niggah been puttin that (comments wont nest below this level) cause he a bitch ass nigga, who can’t back his own shit up and cant come up wit no more shit, so he puts that faggot ass line…purple hulk wearin tutus in the corner with sloppy makeup XD

        • PURPLE HULK

          YOU GOT A PROBLEM BITCH.
          DONT COME IN HERE TRYING TO DEFEND THAT FAGGOT PIECE OF SHIT BLOGGER. WTF ARE YOU ANYWAYS? YOUR JUST SOME FAGGOT TRYING TO GET SOME ATTENTION BY COMING AT ME ON SOME DUMB SHIT. KILL YOURSELF FAGGOT.

        • Fuck Yo Side

          Yo ur fuckin bitchmade purple hulk ya punk pussy muthafucka actin like ur hard on a fuckin website..
          suck a dick deepthroat that shit
          u gay muthafucka why dontchu rhyme a little bit
          o thats why its prolly cuz u cant even spit
          matter of fact dont even think bout comin back from this diss
          ya fuckin mook why u comment on shit you dont know
          the dipset anthem ill as fuck and so is the fuckin flow
          whats beats u like? soulja boy n gucci mane ya hag
          grow some balls learn ya hip hop KILL YOURSELF FAG!!
          ya bitch

  • http://www.dizastah.com the D-I-Z

    Onyx- Last Dayz beats all of these. If you haven’t heard this song or don’t know it, your hiphop pass has been revoked. Study up, kiddies.

    Close second goes to Mobb Deep- Shook Ones pt. 2

    Recent forgotten mainstream favorite goes to 50 Cent- I Get Money —I know y’all aint forget EVERYONE rapped to that joint.

    you can never defeat the gawd

    http://www.dizastah.com

  • 401K

    can’t tell me nothing and i get money were huge last year

  • bbatson

    I’m dating myself but the best thing to freestyle to is, and forever will be, a dj cutting doubles of impeach the president (look it up if you need to).

  • pit

    jay-z the dynasty intro

  • http://ifux.blogspot.com Farouq Obama aka Fux

    Ya I have to agree ‘Whot Shot Ya’ is the GOAT. but dont sleep on LL’s ‘I can luv you better’ …..everybody was murking that shit

  • c

    shook ones pt,II

  • Chirs

    E.P.M.D. You A Customer (You’ll See, Biggie & L.O.X.)

  • cocotaso

    tried by 12 – east flatbush project
    shook ones pt2 – mobb deep

  • Big Chops

    Top Ten (In No particular Order)

    Banned From T.V.
    Public Service Anoucement
    Shook Ones Pt.2
    I Shot Ya
    Big Beat
    Grindin’
    Last Dayz
    I Get Money
    Top Billin’
    You Aint A Killer

    Myspace.com/bigchops8966

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka 7Body Sin

    actually any choice Primo track usually is my most preferred, i try to snag some of the ones i don’t hear anyone tryin to spazz on….

    i think like 80% of the freestyle shit i did between 06-07 alone was over some Primo shit….

    i ain’t rhyme over anotha persons beat in a minute so thats kinda good, it means i’m busy wit my own shit…..

    Peace and some of ya’ll got some hot track choices up too, 100!

  • az$$rugerman

    SHOOK ONES PT2 HANDS DOWN POINT BLANK PERIOD, EVERYBODY AND DEY BABY MOMMA TRIED TO FREESTYLE OFF THAT JOINT….

    HONORABLE MENTION: “BOUT IT, BOUT IT”

  • +°)^

    Jay-z – So Ghetto
    And every other primo track

  • diggsy

    dead wrong – biggie
    elevators – outkast

  • Cam Jones

    How can y’all forget the One More Chance beat. Everyone can rap over than hell you can make that beat on any wooden table and freestyle on it anywhere

  • http://www.myspace.com/dfranksound D Frank

    Yeah bout it bout it is good too.

  • suan

    Remember the Firm over “The Symphony” thats a dope freestyle beat for you to just put on for people. Plus they gotta do there best because the legends originally spit on it

  • Club Med

    My personal pick is Marvel off of Ghostface- Iron Man. It’s the last track on the album. The Rza gives you like two minutes of straight instrumental once the last verse is over. It’s best to listen to the song from the beginning to get some momentum and once the Rza’s verse is done you hop on the track and unleash your spittage. “Black man watch out sea saltwater trout!” Classic material.

  • jay Sr.

    east coast-put ya lighters up(lil kim),kick in the door,warning-(notorious b.i.g.).uptown anthem,quiet storm,feel it in the air,time’s up(jadakiss),daytona 500,c.r.e.a.m.,can’t knock the hustle,can i live,niggas done started somethin’,ms.fat booty. west coast- deep cover,bitch please,x(xzibit),gin n juice,what would you do(tha dogg pound),beware of my crew(l.b.c. crew),represent dat g.c.(kurupt),g’d up(eastsidaz),murder was the case,g’z and hustlaz,bow down. south-never seen a man cry,a.s.a.p,top back,24′s,cannon,

  • Chaka

    @all who have posted a comment before me,
    I cant believe every one who have posted a comment so far(including Jackpot) slept on ‘Ill bomb’ by LL Cool J.To me if the greatest freestyle beat is not ‘shook ones pt2′[Mobb deep] then it has to be ‘Ill bomb’[LL cool J].’Nas is like’[Nas] was also cool.Peace an hip hop head in Africa wrote this.

  • Mr. Rogers

    1. shook ones….definitely

    2. anything done on the dynasty intro will get a listen

  • Deezy

    Scarface- My block

    • http://xxLMAG jb-da b.stuy reppa

      M.O.P. used that beat first on their Firing Squad album. Remember the song “World Famous”?

  • Mack 11

    Not one of you idiot boxes has mentioned the number one beat to freestyle to yet:

    TUPAC SHAKUR : Ambitionz as a Rider

  • Ali

    Memory Lane is tops for me…I can spit to that all day

    as far as recently, I think Mr. Carter is a way better freestyle beat than A Millie…..II Trill has some good beats to rap to, too…

  • grp03

    yeah i mean it has to be Shook Ones, PT 2 doesnt it?

    -Ambitions as a Ridah

    Recent Others:

    -Intro: Million and One Questions –
    -Black Republican -(Remember like 10 people immediately came out with freestyles to this)
    -Hate it or Love it
    -Wanksta
    - Mic Check

  • http://www.myspace.com/friscorepresenter ant

    Yeah that Last Days beat was nice! I heard Joe Budden spit that family reunion verse to it
    And yeah i remember everybody wildn on that”grindin”beat……
    P.S.A i think would be a koo beat 2 rap too
    And”sit em back slow” by Az and MOP is koo too

  • Tyga

    Question for all you, I always heard my friends say Overnight Celebrity beat produced by Kanye was one of there all time favs to spit to.

    What you guys think?

  • JaySober

    Im gonna go with…
    Triumph- Wu Tang
    Last day- Biggie & The Lox
    I shot ya- LL & everybody(i actually saw a video of Keith Murray stompin this beat into the fucken ground).
    Kick in the door- Biggie

    For the G.O.A.T i cant seperate “Who shot ya” and “Shook Ones pt.2″… Every rapper and their mother had a go at them two.

  • THE KING

    Ice Cream (from Cuban Linx) and Full Clip (Gangstarr) gotta be on the list. I also am feeling Keep it Thoro off Prodigy’s HNIC

  • dodger

    keep it thorough
    right where you stand
    heat

    those are fire

  • Rudeboy

    niggaz out here in Puerto Rico were freestyling to who shot ya.. on the da streets and in mixtapes.. so, who shot ya is up there.

  • http://xxLMAG jb-da b.stuy reppa

    Cats are putting beats that rappers haven’t even freestyled on. Those shits don’t count!!!!!!! Benjamins gotta be number one. When that song was hot who didn’t try to rip it?!!!! Even Dre said that beat made him get back on his grind (I actually heard him say this in a interview).
    So that gets my vote. Besides that: Who Shot Ya?, Grindin, Shook Ones pt2 & any Premier beat. Nas’s theif’s theme got abused when it came out too lol.

  • da troof

    Young, Gifted and Black. Brooklyns own BD Kane and Jay-Z murked it and its always on some serious deep thought, when they hop on it

    And Big Beat, you know, from the BET Hip Hop Award ciphas? When a DJ is bringing that back, and cuttin it, there is nothing to hide behind. No flutes, or beat changes to flow with. Just you and the drums.

  • BIGNAT

    THAT BEANUTS JOINT WITH PUN DON’T FORGET THE HOOK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. MF DOOM RHINESTONE COWBOY. WHO SHOT YA AND THAT SONG THAT FAB FREESTYLED OVER ON GREEN LANTERNS SHOW THAT WAS SOME GOOD SHIT. THE ONE WHEN HE WAS BY HIMSELF.

  • BIGNAT

    OH AND DREAMS FROM GAMES FIRST ALBUM

  • HipHopFive15

    Dead Wrong – Biggie
    Let The Beat Build, I hate on Weezy but that beat is nice
    Step To My Crew – JR Writer
    Dear Summer – Jay Z

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    illest freestyle beat ever…..

    Cassidy – I’m A Hustla

  • Shim Dolla

    1.the first single Jeru da Damaga ever came i think it was when the east is in the house
    2.CNN-Banned from from T.V.
    3.Prodigy- Keep it thorough
    4.lox-money,power, respect
    5.bun-b- draped up
    6.clipse-grindin
    7.naughty by nature- uptown anthem
    8.outkast- playa’s ball
    9.The Game- One Blood
    10.Jay-Z- Jigga my nigga

  • silentmurder

    “5, 4, 3, 2, 1″ from LL Cool J

  • BOOGIEMONSTER13

    LIL WAYNE “CLEAR THE SET”
    HOT BOYS “TOO HOT”
    PRODIGY FEAT B.G. “Y.B.E.”
    AKON FEAT SNOOP “I WANNA LOVE YOU”
    T PAIN “STUDIO LUV”
    BUN B “DRAPED UP”
    50 CENT “POOR LIL RICH”
    LIL KIM FEAT. TWISTA “THUG LUV”
    OH THERES A LOT MORE

  • relapsetothefullest

    hello?..
    shook ones II??
    quiet storm
    nas is like
    the way i am
    curtis 187
    we thugs my niggas
    ready to meet him

  • young rippa

    MICROPHONE – SLAUGHTERHOUSE!!!!!!! ………..

  • Johnny Hot2Trot

    WTF!!!! WHY HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THE FOREVER BEAT?????

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  • Paxton

    I’ll go for any rendition of Roman’s Revenge by Nicki Minaj. I’ve got 10 versions on my iPod.

  • KAAS

    Lord Finesse – Hip 2 Da Game.
    Nice and slow for going real deep with your lyrics.

    And almost all Premo’s beats.

  • Shade

    Eminem – Hailies Song

  • BSAY

    I would have to say It”s Murda by Ja Rule…. I aint a huge Ja fan but that beat is so sick when it drops and it justs makes you instantly feel the groove of the whole song and die right into what you have to say

  • MizzyBabii

    Bands a make her dance by Juicy J, Lil Wayne and 2 Chains

  • http://twitter.com/SterlingPrice Sterling_Price

    The ‘Tried by 12′ beat that Slaugherhouse dug out of the crates (Gruff still owns it though) or Rae’s ‘Ice Cream’ joint from Cuban Links…

    • http://twitter.com/SterlingPrice Sterling_Price

      Cassidy’s on that ‘The nine is on me’ he killed it…

  • Calum M

    Tonights da night – Redman