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post #1 of 53
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Ok people, I'm sick of the ramblings in random threads of quote 'hip-hop boom' and 'hip-hop EQ' and the usual bias so anyway, can anyone list some audiophile quality hip-hop?
I know that Jay-Z's 'Black Album' is well mastered and Outkast's early albums are too.
post #2 of 53
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders sounded pretty good.
post #3 of 53
The Paul's Boutique remaster sounds pretty sweet to me.
post #4 of 53
^^^ I have just been listening to the Paul's Boutique album, and yes, it sounds superb, plus it's filled with some crazy breaks. A classic Beasties album.
post #5 of 53
nas, immortal technique, eminem, prolyphic & reanimator (its one person...i think)
post #6 of 53
Dr. Dre's The Chronic on tape! Seriously!

Here is a sample of a transfer/remaster I made from a tape I bought when it first came out.

As for modern releases - I have no idea.
post #7 of 53
Because of the nature of the beast, it's very hard for me to recommend hip-hop for audiophiles, but I would start with a group like The Roots. They play live instruments on each album and their sound is important to them.
post #8 of 53
I guess quality of hip-hop recordings depends on how much time they put into mic'ing the samples
post #9 of 53
Originally Posted by saintalfonzo View Post
I guess quality of hip-hop recordings depends on how much time they put into mic'ing the samples
post #10 of 53
Edan - Beauty and the Beat

awesome mix of 60s psychedelic rock and amazing beats and rhymes. Edan is know as the HipHop Historian and he writes, rhymes and produces his entire albums. sonically this album is mesmerizing.
post #11 of 53
oh... and listening to deltron 3030 losseless and its amazingly engineered!
post #12 of 53
This is the kind of inquiry that usually pisses me off (it's s'posed to be about the music, no?), but for fun I spent the morning listening to hip-hop on headphones, and I cannot tell a lie: Many of my faves don't sound that great, genius sh-t like Paul's Boutique included (Edit: this is the original CD, not the remaster mentioned above). As someone already pointed out, the production on The Roots's records is pretty exemplary (especially Phrenology and The Tipping Point), and that carries over to Common's Like Water For Chocolate, which ?uestlove produced. (Ditto for Be, production by Kanye West…and yes, that means Kanye's records sound good, too, much as I hate to say it.). OutKast's records sounded fine, even back when they were broke.

Some things truly surprised me, though:

De La Soul - Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump and AOI: Bionix

Tricky - Maxinquaye

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

M.I.A. - Arular

Sway - This Is My Demo

Mr. Lif - I Phantom (the interesting thing about this one is that it toys with the idea of being alterna- and lo-fi, kinda like when the DJ tells him, "You get what you pay for," and Lif replies, "Well, dawg, I ain't got much.")
post #13 of 53
Just splashed on that 20th anniversary Paul's Boutique remaster in double-LP format. Hip-hop really should be on vinyl, no? Guess I'm just a sucker for big, gatefold covers.
post #14 of 53
i listen to a bit of hiphop and none of them are of audiophool quality, that's not the reason you should be looking for different music...
post #15 of 53
Albums in this genre as they are often not consistent from track to track (this could also be said for much popular music though). Various effects are often employed to purposely cause distortion, or "old school" sonics. Difficult to recommend as "audiophile quality", no matter how intentional the effect was, or how much I totally enjoy the music.
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