In fact, the group have stated that the guitar allowed them to be more expressive than hip hop drums. Hailing from Brooklyn, Mash Out Posse, deliver aggression and lyricism to match a hard-hitting, stomping beat designed to energise and motivate. By the turn of the century, Busta boasted a mean reputation as a ‘leader of the new school’, blessed with an intricate rapping technique and a solid catalogue of work.
The pace of Busta Rhymes’ lyrical delivery on 'Break Ya Neck' is matched only by the track’s hypnotic production, courtesy of West Coast legend Dr. Sampling Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 'Give It Away' guitar riffs alongside backing vocals by Truth Hurts, it's a beat that is instantly recognisable and hard to forget. This record screams early 2000s and that gives it a nostalgic appeal to contemporary listeners, with production that is sure to populate a dancefloor. At a time when hip hop artists were realising the benefits of blending smooth R'n'B with gangster rap, this is the archetype of that early noughties formula. Fat Joe came together with Ja Rule and Ashanti to create this melodic banger. The Tina Turner-inspired hook and piano line set a mood on any dancefloor. In the mid-90s, Cam’ron held his rap career at arm’s length, so to speak, juggling a basketball scholarship alongside the appeal of a budding rap career.
When this hit dropped though, his path became clear, and he developed a reputation for making the radio rap sound softer, more eccentric and self-aware. Producer Just Blaze uses a repeating, high-pitched Rose Royce vocal sample to anchor this 2002 record. A classic in a slightly different lane to some of its predecessors, it creates a relaxed upbeat melody for the dancefloor to vibe to. The hype around this New Yorker was so fervent that many tipped this album to be a classic back in 2003. The realism of 50 Cent's journey from ex-crack dealer to hip hop powerhouse gave him an aura on stage and through speakers. He sold 2.1 million copies of the album within three weeks of its release. 'P.I.M.P.' is the second of two iconic club anthems on 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''. Released in August 2003, its rolling steel drums set the backdrop for 50 to spit about his lavish lifestyle, while a progressive bassline brings you to a memorable hook. Upon its release, this record achieved instant commercial success, peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Top 100. This record is slightly slower in pace than most hip hop records of the early noughties. It samples Ice-T’s 1993 track of the same name, something which Ice T would later express his frustrations for not getting name-checked for. Across the track, Shawn Carter addresses his struggle with the law, rap critics and racial profiling in a 4-minute powerhouse that peaked at Number 30 on Billboard’s Hot 100. A pulsating beat that is matched by sharp electric guitar rips at the end of each bar solidifies this track’s legacy as a club anthem, as well as serving as a powerful social commentary on black America. 50’s debut album was one of the most influential in the genre’s history. The project was based on real-life events and circumstances that led him to be shot nine times in 2000. Dre’s rich production value thrust gangsta rap into the mainstream club scene like never before in the early 2000s, and 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' was littered with club classics. The off-beat percussive synthesizer strikes, the undergirding tonic in both the synthesizer line and the guitar line, and the "boom boom clap" hand percussion make for a unifying east coast hip hop track, and a serviceable club tune. Terror Squad was a hip hop label formed in 1993 by Fat Joe. In 2004, the label released their second and final studio LP, titled 'True Story'. Hailing from the Bronx, the East Coast hip hop collective’s uptempo headbanger 'Lean Back' was released in the summer of 2004. It went certified gold, becoming a huge club track in the process. It samples 'Big Poppa' and 'Money Ain’t A Thang' in an intoxicating violin-lead beat, featuring hip hop heavyweights Fat Joe and Remy Ma, who deliver dark verses to contrast the highly danceable beat. Busta is one of hip hop’s finest examples of how to maintain relevance across two decades. Throughout the early and mid-noughties, the rhyme veteran forged a reputation as the genre’s Mr.
Reliable, with a rapid-fire flow stood out on any style of posse cut or R'n'B remix. Sampling Daft Punk’s 'Technologic', this record has heavy bass and hi-hats that are matched with the tone and delivery of his flows. Azealia’s reputation has been somewhat tarnished due to her tirade of social media spats with some of the industry’s most popular artists: Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, T.I., Erykah Badu to mention a few. However, it was this edge that saw her rise to cult notoriety in the early 2010s producing a string of unique records that pushed musical boundaries explored by the likes of Kid Cudi a couple of years prior. This hip-house banger has the ability to raise a party’s tempo with its trippy mix of soul and rap. Released in late 2012, for many this record represented a coming-together of the leaders of the new school. Pre 2013 it seemed that Drake and Kendrick’s ambitions were aligned, having toured together, appeared on each other’s albums and paid respect to one another in interviews. After this record the relationship somewhat deteriorated in a string of subliminal disses in attempt to establish a hierarchy. Sampling 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya' and 'Flap Your Wings', the heavy bass and trippy hi-hats that are synonymous with A$AP Mob's production style solidified this track as a banger. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q.
The Mob’s sound is typified by vocal manipulation alongside nocturnal instrumentals.