With all of the craziness going on in the music industry right now I thought I’d take a second to wrangle together a few of my favorite soulful tracks to share with everyone who might not be 100% sold on believing that Future or French Montana is the pinnacle of Hip-Hop or interested in the weakest Hip-Hop beef ever (Drake vs. Meek Mill) at this present time. At the moment fans don’t even understand what they like considering that pop-culture glorifies artists with incoherent and repetitive lyrics, homogenous trap and EDM beats, and heavy advertising thanks to record companies doing anything to survive in a digital world.
Knowing that sampling has converted several music lovers into Hip-Hop advocates. The attention to detail is always appreciated when a song with an ill beat can make your face melt faster than butter on your grandma’s country fried chicken. So I took a moment to share with all of you Champs a collection of soulful Hip-Hop songs that’ll remind you why fell in love with Hip-Hop in the first place.
1. I See Now by Little Brother & Kanye West (Produced by 9th Wonder)
You already know when it comes to soulful beats you can’t pass up on the 9th Wonder of the world. Yes, I’m speaking of Mr. 9th Wonder himself the Jamla Army General. Not only is this beat hella soulful, it’s pretty dope that 9th was able to pull in Kanye West to jump on a track with Little Brother featuring one of my favorite rappers (Phonte) to make this classic possible. If you’d like to see 9th Wonder live this summer definitely make sure you come out to the Jamla Showcase taking place in Annapolis, MD, later this Summer.
2. Voodoo by Action Bronson (Produced by The Alchemist)
Action Bronson might’ve hurt himself lately with his latest comments on Ghostface Killah while on ESPN, but you can’t deny that this track is soulful. Ghostface Killah might be ready to snap Bronson’s neck, but the music don’t lie. Thanks to the big dawg, The Alchemist, for pulling in the ill loop and smooth drums – this track is easily a song you can play on repeat when you’re chilling. Press play and understand that “This shit is voodoo” —Action Bronson
3. Gobstopper by Jay Electronica & Nas (Produced By J Dilla)
A soulful beats list won’t be complete with an ill track from the late, great legend J Dilla. Dilla managed to change the way people listened to sounds and introduced a new dimension to Hip-Hop music. He allowed for artists and other producers to start being more free with their records and it’s produced an offspring of talented Hip-Hop producers. The beat for this track is on point so it’s not hard to see why Nas and Jay Electronica couldn’t resist lacing this track with some thought provoking bars.
4. Tannae’s Outro by Deante’ Hitchcock
Deante’ Hitchcock might be a new act, but this Atlanta artist knows how to pick a good beat when he hears it. This beat features a dope loop sample of a sultry voice that’ll make you feel like you’re chilling on the porch in the early 90’s while watching Boyz N’ The Hood without Ricky getting shot. The producer of this track is unknown at the moment but if you know who (s)he is please let us know in the comments below. Download it here.
5. Lemon Grass by Bishop Nehru (Produced by MF Doom)
Having seen Bishop Nehru perform for the first time at The SweetLife Music Festival I was highly impressed with his lyricism and beat selection, especially at his age. Lemon Grass has been one of my favorite tracks from the young artist and he’s been blessed to be able to work with the heavy-hitting producer MF Doom. When listening to this track it makes you travel to an entirely new place altogether and gives off a soulful block party vibe. Not to mention it features a cool sample from the film, Juice.
6. Paid The Price Instrumental by Do Or Die (Produced by Kanye West)
This is one of those songs where I felt a crazy soulful instrumental suffered but that doesn’t take away from the sound and the feeling you get when listening to this track. I honestly wish Kanye West would’ve kept this beat to himself and put it on one of his projects, but I respect him for trying to do a solid for a native Chicago act, Do or Die. If you’d like to check out the song with the lyrics feel free to listen to it here.
7. Cie La Vie (Produced by Alex Goose)
This is still one of the best soulful instrumentals I’ve ever heard especially considering it dates back to Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3. Alex Goose is an insanely talented producer that managed to submit a ton of hot tracks for the Blueprint 3 but did not get any of them placed so he took it into his own hands and gave the outtakes to the good people. Now that’s a true Stereo Champion. More than anything I’ll always be a huge Alex Goose fan and make sure his tracks live on. Def check out more of his tracks here.
8. Ladies Jam (Produced by Young Guru)
You’ll always find a good soulful beat coming out of the living legend Young Guru’s MPC. He’s always equipped and ready to put out a fire beat and in this case he made sure to bless the world with this soulful beat that Little Brother record some fresh lyrics on. This is an oldie but still a classic. Definitely press play and enjoy!
9. Clutch Shoot (Produced by Oddisee)
How could you possibly make a list of hot soulful instrumentals and not mention the DMV native, Oddisee. At the moment, he’s one of the best indie artists out there controlling his own destiny and he’s always equipped and ready to make a heavy-hitting instrumental. “Clutch Shoot” is one of those tracks that you’ll let play on repeat over and over and over again until you just can’t take it any more. Between the musical arrangement and the wide-open atmosphere that it delivers, Oddisee definitely proved he’s a king at the MPC. That’s Love! —Oddisee
10. Mayweather by Bond St. District (Produced by Paul Hutson)
If you’re not familiar with the dynamic duo, Bond St. District hailing out of Charm City, you definitely want to pull your ear to the ground and check out what they are creating. With the combination of DDm’s great craftsmanship and Paul Hutson’s uncontrollably dope ability to put together awesome tracks, “Mayweather” is definitely a song you want to add to your soulful song collection.
11. PlayDat (Produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff)
DJ Jazzy Jeff is one of my all-time favorite producers in the game and he’s most definitely a living legend when it comes to producing dope arrangements. “PlayDat” is featured on Dayne Jordan’s In Progress EP, where he goes off and onto another planet to deliver this funky soulful masterpiece that’ll make any party jump off. If you’re into streaming TV shows definitely be sure to follow him and his crew as they travel the globe on his reality series Vinyl Destination.
12. Ghostface Killah – Cherchez LaGhost featuring U-God (Produced by Carlos Bess)
Whenever you speak on ill beats you can never leave this classic off the list. I remember hearing this when I was a youngin’ and I just lost my mind! Ghostface Killah has been killing the game for quite some time and I have to say Supreme Clientele has its fair share of awesome tracks that could’ve easily made this list. More than anything, continue to press play on this track and keep it living throughout the generations. Wu-Tang Forever.
13. Terry by Action Bronson (Produced by The Alchemist)
Although the big homie The Alchemist made the list earlier, you can’t deny that this track sends off a dreamy soulful vibe that’ll hypnotize the late Harry Houdini himself. I don’t think I care much for whatever Action Bronson is spitting on this track, but the loop and jazzy soulful sound is undeniably soulful beat to kick back relax and enjoy.
Well, that’s all folks! If you have any tracks that you would’ve like to see on the list definitely mention them in the comments below. If you’ve managed to find a cool track on the list be sure to say wassup and dap us up. If you want to try your hand at recreating some of the most notable samples, check out Sample Stitch, as they allow you to become J. Dilla, Kanye West, and 9th Wonder instantly.
Until next time keep the culture alive and as always, keep winning! R.I.P. J Dilla.