Round of applause to YouTube user Sandurz (aka Andrew Atwood) and his brilliant video series Beat Breakdown. Atwood meticulously pulls apart some classic hip hop tracks and presents them in a way that is very approachable and easy to understand in a production sense. Isolating and identifying the samples and instruments that are used to build popular tracks by artists like Kanye West, Drake, UGK plus many more.
I have embedded a few of his Beat Breakdown videos above but there are plenty more to check out on his YouTube channel Sandurz. Atwood has also taken it a step further by providing the project files that are featured in his videos on his site Beat Breakdown. The files are provided in Maschine, FL Studio and Ableton formats for $2.99 a month.
Seriously, hats off to Atwood for the effort he puts into his videos. Top stuff and a great resource for understanding how rap tracks are put together.
Source: AV Club