The 20 Best Timbaland Beats

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  • Jay-Z, "It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)"
  • The Lox, "Ryde or Die, Chick"
  • Jay-Z, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
  • Missy Elliott, "Work It"
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  • Timbaland's 20 Best Beats
  • "Big Pimpin'," Jay-Z feat. UGK
  • "Try Again," Aaliyah
  • "Your Love," Justin Timberlake
  • "Get Ur Freak On," Missy Elliott
  • "Raise Up," Petey Pablo
  • "N---a What, N---a Who (Originator 99)," Jay-Z
  • "Ugly," Bubba Sparxxx
  • "Potion," Ludacris
  • "Are You That Somebody?," Aaliyah
  • Memphis Bleek, "Is That Your Chick?" feat. Jay-Z and Missy Elliott
  • Aaliyah, "One in a Million"
  • Ginuwine, "Pony"
  • Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me a River"
  • Aaliyah, "More Than a Woman"
  • Aaliyah, "We Need a Resolution"

Jay-Z, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"

If you saw Jay-Z's Fade to Black documentary, which showed the studio session where this classic came together, you'll never forget the goofy grimaces that Timbaland made while playing this beat for Hov. Hilarious, yes, but you can't blame him — this beat, even though it's one of his simplest, has a smirking, triumphant swagger that can't be denied.

(Photos from left: Darla Khazei/, Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

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