Drums are to a rap song what shoes are to an outfit. Even the flyest of threads are rendered whack if paired with white Asics. Conversely, a tuxedo T-shirt and basketball shorts has great potential, if paired with Griffey high tops.

Rappers need producers to make their rhymes sizzle, their flow pulsate, their ad-libs pop. The best producers make nuanced beats that are easy on the ears. They make you want to become a rapper, so that you can participate in their beats' greatness. They make you want to dance, to love, to live.

With that in mind, here are our picks for the 15 hottest beats of 2015.