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Audiophile quality Rap/Hip-Hop recordings

post #1 of 20
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Hi Guys,

I'm a big Hip-Hop fan, and wanted to see if anyone knew of any particular Hip-Hop recordings that were better quality and really well recorded and engineered?

Any that you have heard? Any Artists come to mind? An example is Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint'....

Thanks,
Pomo
post #2 of 20
Welcome to Head-Fi and sorry about your wallet!

If you like instrumental hip-hop at all and haven't checked it out already, DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing....." sounds amazing, being that it's all sampled from old vinyl. Not to mention that it's probably one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. Essential listening in my book.
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Sounds good, fresh lyrics, 'slap' .... has it all.

Esthero, Chali 2NA (fr/ Jurassic 5), Mistah FAB guest star.

DOPE.
post #4 of 20
Dr. Dre 2001 comes to mind for nice production and live instruments.
post #5 of 20
esthero isn't hip hop -_-
post #6 of 20
Dead Prez: Turn off the radio:The Mix Tape, Vol. 1
Common: Resurrection
Nas: Illmatic
Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to die
The Roots: Do you want more

to name a few. These are required listening even if you aren't an audiophile.

P.S. Esthero is Trip-Hop so close enough haha.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by gblade View Post
Dead Prez: Turn off the radio:The Mix Tape, Vol. 1
Common: Resurrection
Nas: Illmatic
Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to die
The Roots: Do you want more
I was just stopping in to say

The Roots: Things Fall Apart
Common: Like Water for Chocolate

and Latyrx
post #8 of 20
The Roots have probably put out the best-sounding hip-hop I've ever heard (in terms of audio, not in terms of music - not that they're bad in that field either). Hip-hop really isn't a genre known for its audio quality, nor was it likely meant to be that way.
post #9 of 20
Beastie Boys
post #10 of 20
Local boys 'Bliss n Eso' sound good, especially their latest album, 'Day of the Dog'. Yeah, a lot of poor quality stuff out there in the genre.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Aman View Post
The Roots have probably put out the best-sounding hip-hop I've ever heard (in terms of audio, not in terms of music - not that they're bad in that field either). Hip-hop really isn't a genre known for its audio quality, nor was it likely meant to be that way.
I love The Roots and loved the latest, Game Theory. However, I thought it suffered from a little bit of over-compression. It sounds a little distorted to me no matter what format or volume level I choose. This is the first time I've noticed this with a Roots cd, though. Has anyone else noticed this?

I do have an old basketball injury that causes an occasional rattling in one of my ears that can sometimes sound like a blown speaker. Although I can usually discern subtle aspects of music I occasionally hear false distortion.
post #12 of 20
Spank Rock: Yoyoyoyoyo
DJ Z-Trip: Shifting Gears

It is kind of hit and miss on the tracks. Backyard Betty on Spank Rock's album is really fun for funky bass.
post #13 of 20
Wyclef Jean'the carnival is worth a listen.. (LP)
The Streets - Original Pirate Material (UK vinyl) is worthy too.
also, I like older rap in the gangsta genre, ie NWA, Public Enemy, Dj Quick. I think Cypress Hill albums have nice sound and recordings of vocals.
Beastie Boys have some killer sound on Pauls Boutique if you can listen to it on LP..
I like Tribe Called Quest's stuff, all of it.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Aman View Post
The Roots have probably put out the best-sounding hip-hop I've ever heard (in terms of audio, not in terms of music - not that they're bad in that field either). Hip-hop really isn't a genre known for its audio quality, nor was it likely meant to be that way.
EXACTLY!!! "Phrenology" kicks ass in terms of studio work and sound quality. I use this album everytime I test my amp upgrades. Holographic soundstage, natural instruments' presentation and shaking bass slam. BTW, I like this album despite I listen to rap occasionally.
post #15 of 20
this is hard........reallllllllly hard

on most hiphop albums there is a trade off.
good lyrics or good beats
you can only find albuns that have both occasionally
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