If you love beats, bass, and ballsiness, you already love Hudson Mohawke‘s songs. He was a stunner on the dance scene with beat heads in the mid-2000s, but people really fell head over heels when he dropped some of the biggest trap bombs any had ever heard as one half of TNGHT, joined by Lunice.
Things got even more serious when Kanye West nabbed him up for the G.O.O.D. Music family, and he’s been a big player in the production game ever sense. He made a lot of appearances on West’s Yeezus album, but did you know he’s behind so many other rap anthems?
“Mercy” was quite possibly the biggest rap song of 2012, and Mohawke is the mind behind it’s gritty, monochromatic foundation. That part in the middle where it switches up is nothing short of classic. Of course West gets the start treatment.
Azealia Banks — “Jumanji”
Azalea Banks doesn’t have a reputation for being nice, and she raps real mean over this island-inspired beat that’s as much fun and frenzy as it is cool as shit. It’s one of Mohawke’s more colorful song productions and definitely shows off his range.
Drake — “Connect”
Oof. This is one of the dopest tracks on Nothing Was The Same, and that’s a hard thing to pick out. This ode to hopeful romanticism vs. modern cynicism is a Drake classic, and HudMo had his paws all over it.
This is easily one of the wildest rap beats ever recorded. It’s a rhythm so insane, Wayne has to shout it out in the middle of his verse. Lil Wayne would rhyme over something that sounds like a turned-out clown car soundtrack. This one-of-a-kind appears on I Am Not A Human Being II.
Rod Stewart appears as a sample on this unholy hymnal. Hudson Mohawk is one of a few hands responsible for the second single on the A$AP leader’s At. Long. Last. ASAP.