Recommended hip hop recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by taylor16, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. trying to get into the vibe of d'angelo voodoo- any other recommended hip hop recordings with a live/band-type of feel?
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
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  3. canteenboy


    Jan 30, 2007
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  4. You might like some of these.

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  5. pbass2

    pbass2 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Well The Roots certainly fit the live-band hip hop bill. I think my fave album is the Tipping Point. Hub is a master of understatement on bass. I was bummed when he left.

    Plenty of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu is on the neo soul tip like D'Angelo--amazing playing on their music.

    Not necessarily a live-band feel, but go back to some Gang Starr--DJ Premier's production is so great, with lots of bass guitar in his beats (dunno how much of it was a live player vs. samples, but who cares. Funky as heck).
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  6. Dr Dre's beats, particularly in the 90's... He records live musicians and then repeats / "samples" the best takes.

    To name a few:
    - Snoop Dog - Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)
    - Warren G - Regulate
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  7. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    the roots - the roots come alive
    the roots - dilla joints
    N.E.R.D. - Things Fall Apart
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  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    These guys didn't even have much success up north but they are fantastic if you are into this kind of thing.

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  9. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Not all hip-hop but:

    Meshell Ndegéocello: "Plantation Lullabies" and "Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape"

    Michael Franti & Spearhead: "Home" and "Stay Human

    Ohmega Watts: "The Find"

    The Brand New Heavies: "Heavy Rhyme Experience"

    Maxwell: "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite"

    The Herbaliser has some live-oriented stuff.

    Find the "Red, Hot & Cool" compilation - it has some nice hip-hop with a live feel to it.
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  10. Duder


    Dec 6, 2014
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  11. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Tribe Called Quest! Such jazzy bass lines.

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  12. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    for r&b stuff that blurs the lines between hip-hop here's some more live band recordings:

    erykah badu - live
    jill scott - experience:jill scott 826+ (first disc is live set)
    d'angelo - live from the jazz cafe london (rare album but well worth the money)

    studio recordings
    robert glasper - black radio, black radio 2
    jose james - no beginning no end (voodoo part 2, pino on bass and producing, glasper on keys, deep grooves)
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  13. The Brand New Heavies did an entire Hip Hop album in 1992:
    Heavy Rhyme Experience
    I love it. Real fun to play the basslines. Loved to play along to that album in the early 90s.

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  14. canteenboy


    Jan 30, 2007