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Poll Results: Do some of the more successful independent record labels in underground hip-hop put out higher-quality music than major record labels do? Can some of the music even be called "audiophile quality?"

 
  • 0% (0)
    Yes to the first question, no to the second.
  • 100% (1)
    No to both (since if the answer to the first is no than the answer to the second one is also no, because -- nowadays at least -- music put out by major record labels is definitely NOT audiophile quality).
  • 0% (0)
    Yes to both questions.
  • 0% (0)
    Yes to the first, no to the second.
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Thread Starter 

Hello everyone, as the title of this thread suggests, I wanted to know if independent record labels put out music that suffers from the loudness wars. I am a fan of hip-hop music from the late 70's close to when it originated, all the way to the early 90's and I have meant to look into underground hip-hop for a while now but I haven't because I wanted to ask this question first. I don't even want to waste my time looking into underground music if the music has low dynamic range. Obviously though, there can be music that has good dynamic range, but still sounds bad. So, I wanted to know if independent record labels did other things well too, like recording etcetera. I know that really minor independent record labels may not have very good gear but I was wondering if maybe some of the more successful independent labels did. Can anyone help me? Also, I have made a poll as well . . . don't forget to answer that.


Edited by Double-A - 9/15/12 at 12:05am
post #2 of 3

I'm of the opinion that your ears are the best test for how well a track is produced. For hip-hop, if the bass is nice and punchy and the vocals have clarity, then it's a good track! Listen to some Tribe Called Quest or (early) Nas and you'll see what I mean.

 

On modern (consumer) hip-hop, the bass can sound overbearing and the vocals will sound screechy or recessed in turn. I'm not too familiar with the so-called "underground" hip-hop scene but you should ultimately listen to some stuff and decide for yourself.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for weighing in.

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