8. Grindin’ – prod. by The Neptunes

It seems that anything Pharrell and The Neptunes touch turns into gold, and this is true of this throwback by Clipse, the duo of brothers Pusha T and No Malice. This ultra minimalistic beat was originally made for Jay Z, but once Pusha heard it, he had to hop on it. The little (to no) melody is almost entirely based on Pharrell’s voice during the bridge between the verses, but the heavy percussion is more than sufficient on its own. Pusha has gone on to become President of GOOD music and one of my favorite rappers, and has expressed interest in teaming up with his brother again, but unfortunately No Malice isn’t on board yet.


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