#1
I've been noticing a trend in my music lately.

While playing guitar: Punk (what's new)
While playing/writing basslines: Hip-hop? Wtf?

I know UG is famous for its rock/metal/punk music, but in terms of bass, does anyone feel any appreciation for hip-hop bassists/basslines in general?

I typically find them to be more fun to play, and a tad catchier than my typical speed picking/arpeggiating (spelling on that?) riffs.

Anyways, discuss!
Thoughts/opinions/views/arguments are welcome.
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#2
Maybe it's just me, but the bass line in Lady Gaga's "Boys Boys Boys" is sick, especially during the breakdown.
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#3
I love rap basslines, doesn't matter if it's synth or bass guitar, i still get inspired by them. Dr Dre, Eminem, Snoop, etc all use a real, in studio bassist who's called Mike Elizondo, check him out.

Fave basslines ;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfg1uxI55s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg37MeGu0XY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsdLn46UXnA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMCS7s8YikA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awKoTDIdKrg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrceDFTafPo

..I could go on for hours, so I'll stop there.
#4
Personally, I love the bassline to Feel Good Inc, by Gorillaz. Pretty fun to play too

EDIT: Dude, I love loads of the basslines Eminem uses, they're all really creative.
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I'll go into detail why I like rap basslines. They're actually mixed correctly, yes it's easier to mix a genre that relies on samples and a lot of 'free sonic space'. But I also mean the bass itself, not just in a band context. Listen to a solo, instrumental of an Eminem song. A real fretless bass doing it, its clear, punchy and shakes the ground. Compare that to a Dream Theater* bass line, sure it's playing technical music and its fun...but it doesn't hit you like a well recorded rap bassline. You don't feel compelled to groove with the bass. That's my main annoyance about modern rock/metal/etc. There are bands who can mix it well, Muse or Opeth for example.

I also like the fact that rap appreciates the low end. It bases many pieces around straight out grooving with the drums and the bass like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFqP_TsnHkw

* I love Myung, it was just an example.
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I'll go into detail why I like rap basslines. They're actually mixed correctly, yes it's easier to mix a genre that relies on samples and a lot of 'free sonic space'. But I also mean the bass itself, not just in a band context. Listen to a solo, instrumental of an Eminem song. A real fretless bass doing it, its clear, punchy and shakes the ground. Compare that to a Dream Theater* bass line, sure it's playing technical music and its fun...but it doesn't hit you like a well recorded rap bassline. You don't feel compelled to groove with the bass. That's my main annoyance about modern rock/metal/etc. There are bands who can mix it well, Muse or Opeth for example.

I also like the fact that rap appreciates the low end. It bases many pieces around straight out grooving with the drums and the bass like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFqP_TsnHkw

* I love Myung, it was just an example.



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I agree completely with what's been said here and just felt like letting you guys know of one more good one. Don't know the title for a fact but heard my cousin listening to it, No Handlebars [or something along those lines] by Flo Bots. There's actually a tab for it on this site. Fairly simple but it just made me feel good playing it.
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#10
rap? hip hop?

I'd say the interesting about them is they seem to be written to serve the same purpose as a funk bassline, but very minimalistically.

I hate the sound though. too boomy and muddy through anything but really expensive speakers>headphones.
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rap? hip hop?

I'd say the interesting about them is they seem to be written to serve the same purpose as a funk bassline, but very minimalistically.

I hate the sound though. too boomy and muddy through anything but really expensive speakers>headphones.


Thus the reason why I own a set of high quality speakers and headphones
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#12
yes, but the fact that you need them to make out the bass besides 'deep noise' is bad tone, IMO.
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#13
yeah, I love rap basslines. and I totally agree with the guy who mentioned Feel Good Inc.

But perhaps the best way to describe why I love rap basslines so much is that they're very much a tribute back to the old days of funk. Groovy, smooth, low and just awesome. Really. there's nothing better to groove to than a good bassline.
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yeah, I love rap basslines. and I totally agree with the guy who mentioned Feel Good Inc.

But perhaps the best way to describe why I love rap basslines so much is that they're very much a tribute back to the old days of funk. Groovy, smooth, low and just awesome. Really. there's nothing better to groove to than a good bassline.


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And yeah, I agree, but nowadays it seems like the effect a good (and I mean good) bassline has on listeners is being underrated. People listen to loads of crappy artists and say they're so amazing, yet I can't find more than three that I think are vocally/lyrically talented that play on mainstream radio stations. After a while though, I pick out catchy basslines a hell of a lot of them have.

Do you guys think, subliminally (spellng?), people are influenced to listen to these songs because of the good basslines the songs have, and they just don't know it? Or...
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yeah man I play a lot of hip-hop bass lines. I know a few rappers and have always wanted to do a show. I'm into a lot of Tribe Called Quest. Sucka Nigga being my favourite bassline.
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#16
bassline in just dance by lady gaga is great fun to play. it gives me a rush. not because of the line itself. its due to the fact i can only play it when i'm alone in the house or a get laughed at. due to my previous dislike of her music.
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rap? hip hop?

I'd say the interesting about them is they seem to be written to serve the same purpose as a funk bassline, but very minimalistically.

I hate the sound though. too boomy and muddy through anything but really expensive speakers>headphones.


This is my opinion. They're generally great lines, but most of the time the tone sounds horrible to me. I like my bass less bassy than most though, so .

When you get a hip hop song with a nice groove AND good bass tone, it's just fantastic.
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