20 Classic Hip Hop Instrumentals

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noun: instrumental; plural noun: instrumentals; noun: the instrumental
a piece of (usually nonclassical) music performed solely by instruments, with no vocals.

Hip Hop definition
noun: instrumental; plural noun: instrumentals; noun: the instrumental
2. An instrumental is piece of music formed from different instruments creating a repeating sound within a repetitive loop series. The beat or production which is equivalent to a painter having a fresh new canvas to bring his vision to life.
3. Hip Hop instrumentals are typically used for remixes by artists and producers or practice certain instrumentals have the perfect BPM’s or overall just that production perfect for sparing.

Hip-hop music is spoken word, but the instrumentals are just as essential as the lyrics. Instrumentals provide the backbone for a song and give each track a unique sound. Here at Hip Hop My Way, we highlighted 20 classic hip hop instrumentals featuring different sonic offerings from different eras.

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In no particular order, check out 20 of our favorite hip-hop instrumentals in the slideshow below.

The Firm “Phone Tap”

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“Phone Tap” was produced by Chris ‘’The Glove’’ Taylor and Dr. Dre and released in 1997.

Juvenile “Ha”

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“Ha” was produced by Cash Money’s own in-house producer DJ Mannie Fresh, who was the original founder of that classic Cash Money sound.