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Hip hop bands (with instruments)

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by cossie, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. cossie


    Apr 29, 2005

    I've been a long time fan of hip hop, and especially bands with live musicians - most notably The Roots.

    And I was wondering if anyone gigs in a hip hop band, and how it all works out. In Ireland there isn't a huge scene for hip hop (or at least I haven't found it!) but there are some great acts like Scary Eire, Messiah J and The Expert and most recently The Infomatics.


  2. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Probably gonna audition for one on Saturday. Just for a two-month sub gig, though.
  3. Mr 600

    Mr 600

    Jun 11, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Never played in one, but I'm going to see Atmosphere on Saturday, and they use a live band.
  4. The Beastie Boys are great when they play live instruments.

    I've seen a few local hip hop bands with drummers and bassists, always sounded pretty good.
  5. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    I play in a hiphop band. We have a keyboardist, drummer, guitarist, DJ, and bassist. We sound a lot like Everlast or House of Pain, don't know if you consider that pure hiphop.
  6. BigLoopDuke

    BigLoopDuke Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    That's how my band is. We've got an MC and keep it real funky. We went the way of sounding more like Funkadelic, The Roots, James Brown rather than the rap metal of the mid-90's. Real danceable stuff.

    We started with one tight drummer, bass and keys and have expanded to two drummers (one switches off to hand percussion from time to time), keys, guitar, synth, bass and sometimes brass. There aren't many other bands like us in the scene, so that helps...you can't screw it up too bad if there isn't much of a comparison.

    - Shot on a FlipCam...Sound is really bad
  7. Adam Bomb

    Adam Bomb

    Mar 26, 2008
    Bezerkely, CA
    I almost auditioned for this local act but then I chickened out: :bag:


    They rock. And some beer co. used one of their songs for a Superbowl ad!


    --Bomb :bassist:
  8. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I don't play in one, but I'll recommend Heiruspecs. They, along with the aforementioned Atmosphere, are local band in the Twin Cities, so I see them a lot. Plenty of free shows here.
  9. cossie


    Apr 29, 2005
    Thanks for the replies.

    I guess the best way is to pay closer attention to what those bands do and to try get a group of fellow hip hop / rap fans together so we can form our own band.
  10. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    This is one of my favorite local groups, particularly because the live instruments are fantastic:


    they have some live videos up there from bonnaroo that sound pretty good.

    The drummer and bass player also play together in another band that's in the alternative/indie area. Very tight pair they are.
  11. Bassmingo


    Nov 6, 2008

    indeed, in the past when ireland didnt have so much "ethnic diversity" you'd be hard pressed to form a hip hop "band" but now it'll be much easier. i'd love to form a covers band doing snoop, dre, quest etc for the laugh.

    oh and if you want more irish hip hop check out the now defunct Just A Word from norn iron....they had some great tunes.
  12. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    I like playing along to this type of music, and I think more progressive and forward thinking hip hop artists tend to benefit greatly from a live band / programmed track collaborations.

    I admit I don't know too much of real underground hip hop and what is going on outside the slightly out of mainstream, but I think it's cool and has tons of potential. There are alot of artists I can think of withinn the mainstream that pull it off well (Maxwell, Talib, Common, Kanye, Roots, Madlib, Tribe & J5 [i think] etc..) I have flirted with the idea myself of getting in with a live hip-hop type setting...would a 38 year old bassist fit in that setting? I can hold it down, but don't want to look like an ass. I just think it's more exciting than "pumping 8ths" in a RAWK band...
  13. cossie


    Apr 29, 2005
    Yeah I was thinking a hip hop / funk covers band would be a good fun. Meeting a guitarist mate of mine on Monday for a jam and I'm going to through the idea out to him.

    Have you checked out irishhiphop.com ? There's a mixtape section with some good stuff there but unfortunately a couple of the earlier links are dead. Not necessarily all instruments, there are a lot of samples and programmed beats.
  14. TSkills


    Jul 1, 2009
    Check out The Dirty Heads also. They're a great instrumental hip hop band with some reggae/rock influences.
  15. bassistloaded21

    bassistloaded21 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Heres a clip from my band opening for Redman and Method Man. I love playing in a live hip hop band. You play pocket, but theres a little room to improvise and have fun with it. This is probably my fav band of all that I play with, right now at least
  16. bassistloaded21

    bassistloaded21 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    ah, just noticed this is a year old thread lol

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