This discussion got me thinkin how differently people listen and hear hiphop production...or just music in general I guess. Like, I'd love to know how, say, the 10 year old me having no clue about sampling, samplers or anything else about production would react to Madlib's music.
Matter of fact it should be a series: take a bunch of whatever records, play them to all kinds of people with headphones and make them try to analyze with a pen and a pad what exactly they're listening to.
edit: for example, someone once asked here why/how does Dilla sometimes lower the volume of the sample he has going on, or do something that sounds like he's just turning it down. Track that was posted as an example just had a low pass filter.
or Wu-Wear, how many can pick up the doorbell in the beat? Blew my mind when I finally heard it.
or how the Players sample was flipped.