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 The Weeknd, Rae Sremmurd, and Drake 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.