When you think of club-ready hip hop music that was bumpin’ from 2000-2010, Swizz Beatz is one of the elite names that should come to mind. The Bronx producer-DJ-rapper-fashionista-artist can virtually do anything under the sun, but he was at his most potent through the aforementioned years when he was producing rap bangers for the likes of Jay Z, T.I., DMX, and many more.
With the exception of DMX’s “Party Up (Up In Here),” each song on this list hit the top 10 on the US rap charts, and each track released between 1999-2010, which we can call Swizz Beatz’s golden era of musical output.
Let these ten tracks take you back to a different time in a different place. These tracks were all over parties back in the day, and to keep it real, they still pop off today on some nostalgic vibe.
Jay Z – Jigga My Nigga
HOV’s fourth album, Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter, might be best known for the UGK-assisted “Big Pimpin’,” but it also featured this certified classic, which also appeared on the Ruff Ryders compilation Ryde or Die Vol. 1.
DMX – Party Up (Up In Here)
This joint can still be heard everywhere from strip clubs to EDM festivals, inciting an instant turn up upon those who hear it. Thank you Swizz Beatz, and thank you DMX, for this one.
Styles P – Good Times
If you’re into stoner anthems, this one is still getting consistent play when it’s time to roll one up. Styles P rips his verses over a classic Freda Payne sample chopped up by our subject.
Cassidy ft R. Kelly- Hotel
Here’s a classic 00’s rap video complete with sex, cars, bling, and sports memorabilia. Oh how we miss it all, so much.
T.I. – Bring Em Out
The top YouTube comment on this one is, “2015 and i still bammin dis shit.” Well, us too.
We’re going to slow it down on the rap purity to include this crossover single. Beyonce invited Bun B and Slim Thug along for their 2006 single “Check On It,” and it became a #1 single not just in the rap charts, but overall.
Busta Rhymes – Touch It
Sampling Daft Punk in 2005 is further proof that Swizz Beatz is ahead of the game. A good 5-6 years before the EDM bubble began to grow rapidly here in the US, our subject was already on top of the trend.
Cassidy ft Swizz Beatz – My Drink N’ My 2 Step
Here’s another one with Cassidy, this time featuring Swizz Beatz as a vocal artist on “My Drink N’ My 2 Step.”
Jay Z ft Swizz Beatz – On To the Next One
Just barely old enough to be considered a throwback of sorts, “On To The Next One” was a stand out single on Blueprint 3, Jay Z’s 11th studio album.
Drake ft T.I. & Swizz Beatz – Fancy
Are we really already considering Drake songs as throwbacks? Are we getting old? Are we Ice Cube, Are We There Yet? old? Already? Are we Fancy? Huh?