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#1 1stN3rd

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Posted Today, 07:54 PM

So, I was checking out Drexciya, and that led me to a bunch of other artists and this dude's Youtube channel. Anyone else get into this shit? You can really see the roots of alot of modern hip-hop production like g-funk and trap with the use of the 808s and that dark undertone. But also, with the Detroit shit, you can hear how the sound influenced cats like Dilla and the Soulquarian folks with that smooth sound who took it in a whole nother direction.

 



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Posted Today, 08:43 PM

So how is this innovative in your opinion?

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Posted Today, 09:09 PM

Idk maybe I'm late to the party but it just sounds fresh me to me.

 

I think it has something to do with the fact that nowadays up-tempo hip-hop simply isn't done, but that was actually a major part of the genre for most of its history, so this kinda feels like a "missing piece of the puzzle" sort of thing.

 

 

It's that whole acid/electro thing. It got written out of history, but to me it's like the original source code for any hip-hop producer making a "creepy"-sounding beat.

 

Also, you have Drexciya and then you have the wider genre. I don't like everything I've heard in the genre, but I have yet to hear a Drexciya track that didn't impress me. 

 

edit: (just gonna keep on making edits on this post) There's a new guy out called Gesaffelstein who is doing a throwback on this kind of style...no wonder that Kanye tapped him for some productions on Yeezus, cuz Kanye's forward-thinking, and this is the kind of shit that we need.



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Posted Today, 09:22 PM

Idk maybe I'm late to the party but it just sounds fresh me to me.

 
It's that whole acid/electro thing. It got written out of history, but to me it's like the original source code for any hip-hop producer making a "creepy"-sounding beat..

I was pretty fond of incorporating sped up beats, so I am glad that you clarified. I felt this necessary somewhat to enjoy golden area stuff-but I'm not someone so interested in the blend, particularly.

You'll have to work harder on the Kanye bit.

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Posted Today, 09:27 PM

Just to add one more thing:

 

 

On this track for instance you can see how they have something in common with Dilla with those very subtle synth lines that sort of murmur and whisper in the background but never really materialize into a recognizable melody. That's a very Dilla touch that up til now I hadn't heard anyone else doing. An example of that in an entirely different context:

 

 

And what do mean work harder?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnrLXDYnS6c

 

You may not like Kanye, but name one other artist artist doing uptempo shit like this in this day and age (changeup notwithstanding).



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Posted Today, 09:41 PM

Trap is not up tempo?

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Posted Today, 09:47 PM

Eh, I guess it depends on your definition. With the modern trap production I think of it as double time, but basically still hovering around the usual tempos (someone correct me). But that whole triplet cadence that it seems like every rapper is utilizing wouldn't fit over the tempos I'm talking about.

 

I just remembered: Azealia Banks is also kinda doing this, and that's a better example than Kanye.

 

 

Incidentally, I'm surprised more people on here aren't fucking with her. She dropped an album that has more pound-for-pound rapping than probably anyone in the past few years (or at least anyone with her level of mainstream recognition). And she tapped a bunch of underground forward-thinking producers. More of a contemporary UK garage style, than electro, but it's part of the lineage that I'm talking about.






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