Originally Posted by Johnscottguitar
He only recorded vocals I think is the point here.
Eh? It's Hip Hop!!! What else would you record with a mic? Microphone for vocals, MPC or Maschine for beats, synth or samples for bass. Track done. Mics don't really see anything else except for a mouth on a rap track.
I don't think any of this should be seen as negative against Hip Hop, but Hip Hop wasn't born in a top end studio and never used high end mics and pres from day one. It is more difficult when you have a singer like Amy Winehouse (God rest her Soul) and you have to capture the power, range, octaves and details of her voice, whilst not drowning it in sibilance. You often need something special to handle that job, but Hip Hop vocals are different and don't have this level of requirements. Many dynamic mics will give you a good Hip Hop vocal take and if he was using a Shure SM57/58 that would be in the $100 category, but not seem strange at all, so I don't think this is anything to get excited about or is any kind of discovery. Many Hard Rock screamers and Hip Hop guys, find life goes well with a cheap and cheerful dynamics mic