A lot of the mainstream artists lived in the ghettos as children. As long as they have been alive, they have been effected by gangs in some way or another. Rap music has always been an art form where musicians could display exactly how they are feeling and what they think about certain issues. If they lived in the ghetto, then they are definitely going to talk about the things they did, and seen, when they lived there.
Rap has always been a scapegoat when gang activity springs up. The truth is that Rap music doesn’t make anybody do anything, especially violent things. Sure, it does talk about what is happening, but it doesn’t cause the violence. Music shouldn’t be the constant scapegoat when violence is committed. Many popular movies show drug abuse. If the Rap industry can be blamed for gang violence, then why aren’t movies blamed for drug use? I hope that analogy paints a clearer picture for all those that still don’t believe.
Music is an art and Hip Hop music is not only an art but a culture. Hip Hop artists should strive to make their music timely. Think of artists like the O’Jays, The Rolling Stones, and The Isley Brothers. They have been making music for many, many years and what if someone would have told them they could only make music until they were 25 years old?
What if the world put a time limit on how long we could create art? Can you imagine Eddie Levert doing something other than making good music? What about Chuck D from Public Enemy or KRS-ONE? I can still enjoy a good show by De La Soul any day of the week.
These artists have been around for years and they are true to their craft. * Human made sounds and,
* Recorded samples.
The drummers would use some ‘portable’ or simple drum kit he had available. It might be a trash can, ethnic drum or simple drumsticks etc. So think about it for a second, and first, choose the right sounding, almost ‘classic’ drum kit you have available in your software. Use low kick – sometimes with an exaggerated bass sound. So called ‘release’ can be quite long as well – as later in your composition it can blend well with your bass instrument. Don’t overdo it though, as the final result can be too muddy in the final mix.
Your snare should have a lot of meat to it. It has to really contrast the lows of the kick drum, and it has to be distinctive enough to stand out from the rest of the sounds. Try a classic snare drum, claps or a nice rim shot. Obviously you can mix all those three together or if your beat maker doesn’t allow you to, use them in another layers and then adjust the volume of each one so the overall mix sounds nice. Don’t let any of the particular sounds stand out too much in the mix and blend them nicely together.