2018 has been a banner year for beats. Top-tier producers including Frank Dukes, Mike WiLL Made it, and Murda Beatz have lived up to their reputation, cooking up amazing instrumentals for artists like , , and respectively. These beats, like many of the best in hip hop, resemble a collage – pulling together a guitar lick from one song, a vocal snippet from another, a drum pattern from something else – to create an original product.


Often producers use effects to speed up, slow down, or modify the frequencies of a sample, thus tramsforming it into something completely different. Everything from Latin boogaloo music to Haitian kompa to psychedelic rock has made it onto this list, proving that a great sample can be found in any genre.