#1
Alright, so lately I've been writing a lot of beats and I've written one rap (check it out) but I want to give it an acoustic flavor, so I've be using a lot of acoustic guitar. So what chords would be good for a soul/R&B/hip-hop/Latin vibe? Thanks!
#2
I'm sure you are familiar with the acoustic Thugz Mansion by Tupac?

Beyond that, I'm afraid I don't know of much acoustic rap.
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#3
I really dont think you're going to get a vibe based on what chords you use. It's very much how you play the guitar and very little what chord you use.


Look at G. That's been used in EVERYTHING.
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#4
first off its not the chords that sounds good with them its the strumming pattern and more timing, you should also check out rehab, i think their a bunch of white boys from the south who rap over acoustics. . .check out drinkin problem and lawnchair high
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#5
I know I have the rythm, I'm actually looking for chords, what chords to guys like Flypside, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, all those guys. Like a Mo-Town sound. I understand its very much in rythm, but you wouldn't use an Eygptian scale for blues [normally], would you?
#6
I'd say rap would sound best over simple figures, i.e. using only two chords for the verse section etc.

What I Got by Sublime is a good example of acoustic hip-hop, it uses only D and C in the verses without actually striking the full chords.
#7
i would go one of two ways. either go with simple open chords or go with chords with cool extensions. one way gives you a plain background to go over, and the other way can give a bit of funk and depth to your rhythm section. either way, i would find a key that fits the mood (ie. start with major or minor) and then find where you find a good root to be. then build a simple progression from there, maybe starting with I IV V (+ extensions if you go that route).
#8
also i think it would sound cool if you could use the acoustic guitar in a percussive manner aswell, i.e using lots of muted strings with random stabs at chords etc

just try and experiment with different things
#9
Yea, it's all how you use an acoustic to corelate with the beat.
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I know I have the rythm, I'm actually looking for chords, what chords to guys like Flypside, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, all those guys. Like a Mo-Town sound. I understand its very much in rythm, but you wouldn't use an Eygptian scale for blues [normally], would you?


no, but the same chords are within that Egyptian scale as are in the Ionian/Major. Its just a different tonic.


So for that reason,
"what chords do I use" isn't really a righteous question.
Use I IV V and vi and anything else that fits in pop music. Because it's not about what chords you use. It's about how you play them that seperates the V - I of Sublime from the V - I of Blues.


And What I got is D & G, not D & C.
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what i got by everlast is acoustic rap?


What It's Like*. I was going to suggest the same thing, actually. Listen to some Everlast, see what he does with the guitar.
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#13
If you're goin rehab, also check out Sittin at a Bar.
Although I'm not a huge rap fan myself, I still love their stuff.

Definitely worth the time.
#14
try using dominant 7ths and some 9ths
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