#1
For those that like hip hop (mostly the kind like Dr Dre, 2pac, Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Big L, Atmosphere, Roots, etc... not talking about rap like Soulja Boy or Lil Wayne) would you prefer to use live instrumentation (like guitar, bass, drums) rather than sampling? I mean I like a lot of the sampling that they did back in the day and even some today but Im not to sure what to do when it comes to the songwriting part of which to pick. And please explain in detail why I should choose one over the other.

Thank you all for you help.
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#4
live instruments. im not really into that sort of stuff, but you cant beat live instruments. they just always sound so much better
#5
i generally hate hip hop but i do have respect for those artists u mentioned, some of the sampling today sounds so crap

but i guess it's easier to use computers then recording instruments

it's just personal preference though, whatever you think sounds better
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Yes it does.

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#7
It just depends on what will fit best. There's plenty of new technology available for new instruments, I don't get why so many musicians are against using it.
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#8
I always prefer the sound of real instruments over sampled ones. Especially for drums.
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I always prefer the sound of real instruments over sampled ones. Especially for drums.


That's just because you haven't heard superior drummer.
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#10
I've got to admit, I love the sampling. It gives a more cutting edge sound to hip hop. I think the point of it would be somewhat lost with live music. It's just the bare essential with the voice and that backing track. It's like you're watching a recording take place.

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#11
can we get a poll in here?

and live bands are always better imo. it does depend on the song, but generally, i like live bands better than samples.
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#12
live instruments > sampling always. Ofcourse some rapper have such ****ed up beats that it would never work. But I would give anything to see a tupac concert with live instruments.
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#13
I think hip-hop/rap with electronic based beats (like most newer stuff) sounds better with samples. But that old skool hip hop, and hip hop that uses live sounding beats, or old funk samples definitely sound better with a live band. Like the Roots, they're one of the tightest bands in the business. Snoop Dogg uses a live band too, and there's a lot of great musicians backing him. Or there's someone like Saul Williams, who uses a live band, but uses electronic instruments and samples as well. Like he shows, the two can co-exist and even improve each other.
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#14
Anyone who says that live instruments are better than sampling does not know what they are talking about and has probably never heard good use of sampling. Sampling has no limits whereas strict use of live instruments does. UG is a horrible demographic to ask this question too since most people here don't know or understand anything about sampling.

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