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most well-mixed hip-hop album

what's your favorite hip-hop album as far as the production?

i'd have to say 2pac's greatest hits (ok not really one album), even though it's mad old. everything is super clean.

anyone have any information relevant to 2pac's production/engineering?
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how can a "best of" album belong to the most well mixed hiphop albums?
these songs may have been mixed within a decade...
no disrespect here,but i think " best of " cuts cannot really count?!

well mixed hiphop-records...hmmm...difficult.

foxy brown :
broken silence
(i really like axel niehaus mixes!!! stray dog!)

i liked the sound of
scarface :
the fix
(soft & gentle vocals,low but still present enough)

50 cent :
get rich & massacre
(the 1 album sounded more homogeneous,2nd had ups &downs)

missy:
under construction
thumbsup

hi-tek:
hi-teknology

jadakiss:
kiss of death

game:
nwa vol.1 (some exceptions)

...damn there are so many.
i try not to consider the 90´s sound
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I second the Dr. Dre albums
Outkast - Aquemini (thats my favorite outkast album, but they all sound pretty great)
Biggie - Life After Death
Jay Z - The Blueprint
just to name a few
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I think commons album 'like water for chocalate' has a great sound to it..you could definately hear the $$'s spent. Great recordings and mixes by Bob Power complement Jay Dee's stellar production work to a t.
I also liked the engineering work on slum villages 'Trinity' album work by RJ Rice. Lots of imaginative effects, panning and eq. It's an example of the mix as an integral part of the creative process. It's very stereo and always moving. A benchmark in my opinion. A crazy amount of sibilance at times, I wouldn't have let that go, but it doesn't distract at all.
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I'll have to admit, i'm more of a rock guy, but to keep up on "The Sound" of hip hop, i'll pick up a few things here and there.

For some reason unknown to myself I have purchased every M&M album so far (just to keep up on what Dre has been doing). The stuff is good, but it sounds overcompressed to me. I always have to turn it down a bit, but what's probably just from M's voice getting annoying after a while.

OutKast is the only group that I am really impressed with their recordings. They have a nice studio in Atlanta and put it to use. The stuff always sounds fresh to me, and it's not so canned and dark that I can't take it.

I'm not sure if you guys would consider it hip-hop, but it's pretty damn close to hip-hop at points- the Gorillaz consistantly have the best sounding, best written and just overall best CD's that use hip-hop stylings that I know of. Then again did anyone expect the writing to be poor coming from the guy that wrote "Parklife"?

And the best "Rap" album recording is Paul's Botique by the Beastie Boys. Their other early albums are amazing as well but Paul's Botique was groundbreaking and still sounds fresh to me. It makes me want to go grab an Akai S900 and start sampling all of my records!

I'm pretty sure that Dre did some work on NIN's The Fragile as well on "Even Deeper" and "The Wretched" (not 100% certain, and I need to doublecheck). If so, it's some of the best stuff I have heard Dre touch.
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what's your favorite hip-hop album as far as the production?

i'd have to say 2pac's greatest hits (ok not really one album), even though it's mad old. everything is super clean.

anyone have any information relevant to 2pac's production/engineering?
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what's your favorite hip-hop album as far as the production?

i'd have to say 2pac's greatest hits (ok not really one album), even though it's mad old. everything is super clean.

anyone have any information relevant to 2pac's production/engineering?

most of his recording was done by his producer , i believe his name is johnny, but i cant recall his last name. i saw a video where he said they would track 8 songs a night, he just through a beat on and went through w/o stopping
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Well, he had several producers...
You may be talking about Johnny J, who did some early tracks at Echo Sound.

He was fast, very few punches, and could "throw the switch" in an instant.
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The Notorious BIG

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ok, if i had to pick one 2pac album, i'd say all eyez on me.

2001, how could i forget that.

anyone heard of Nicolay? producer from the netherlands...i don't think i've heard a wack beat from him yet. check out "Foreign Exchange - Connected" which is Nicolay on production, and Phonte from Little Brother on vocals. not to mention "Dutch Masters Vol. 1" which has a bunch of remixes...very clean production, catchy beats.
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The chronic 2001.


And from up to date stuff, if you wann know how to mix a 808 and sub , as well as a few other low ins, listen to Young Jeezy, "Thug Motivation" This albums mixes are phenominal.

Seriousely check it out, bottom for days, but clear as a babies skin.
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I can't believe you have not mentioned Biggie Smalls first album:

Ready to Die

Have you heard the track "Ready to Die"????? It's a MASTERPIECE. It's a perfect example of how to produce an amazing hiphop track... make sure to listen to all the little things that go on at the same time... Also Suicidal Thoughts is an amazing track on that album that starts off with a phone call and biggie raps like it was a phone conversation to p diddy on the other line... amazing. I thought Life After Death was not as good because it sounded like Biggie was no longer using his old style.... it was like pdiddy ****ed him up or something... lol anyway... just get that album.
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Aquemini... mos def
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charlie..good call on jeezy..that is some bottom and a half on those beats..my fav record of the year.


2001, and old outkast are great mixes.


the new chamillionaire is a great mix..really stuck out to me..his vocals are pristine.
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come on. The Roots "things fall apart" did you hear ?uestloves snare!?!?! Bob Power all day every day. If i had a budget he'd be the first number i'd call.
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come on. The Roots "things fall apart" did you hear ?uestloves snare!?!?! Bob Power all day every day. If i had a budget he'd be the first number i'd call.
ya that's true man, the mixing on that album is great.

otoh i cant blame early nineties rap from sounding too grimey
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I love the sound of DJ Vadim's stuff. Love the sound of Gang Starr's Hard to Earn as well. Of course the Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique is great as well. These may not be the best quality...but they are done right in my opinion.
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METH LAB AND CHARLIE

YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY...I LISTEN TO JEEZY'S ALBUM EVERY DAY WONDERING HOW THE HELL THEY GET IT TO SOUND LIKE THAT...DONT FORGET LIL JON AS WELL...I COMPARED USHERS ALBUM TO EVERYTHING I HEARD AFTERWARD AND JEEZY AND LIL JON ARE THE ONLY 2 THAT CAN COMPARE...ALTHOUGH THE SOUND COMING OUT OF DRE'S CAMP IS GOOD AS WELL YET DIFFERENT...THE BOTTOM SEEMS TO BE MORE WET (IF U KNOW WHAT IM SAYING?) AND THE VOCALS ARE OUTRAGEOUS...IM PERSONALLY STRIVING FOR A BALANCE OF THE 2...DONT KNOW HOW IM GONNA DO IT BUT AXEL NIEHAUS IS MY MIX ENGINEER SO WE ARE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT TOGETHER.
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METH LAB AND CHARLIE

...DONT KNOW HOW IM GONNA DO IT BUT AXEL NIEHAUS IS MY MIX ENGINEER SO WE ARE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT TOGETHER.
..curious about that
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I'm not sure if you guys would consider it hip-hop, but it's pretty damn close to hip-hop at points- the Gorillaz consistantly have the best sounding, best written and just overall best CD's that use hip-hop stylings that I know of. Then again did anyone expect the writing to be poor coming from the guy that wrote "Parklife"?
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Without a doubt Whodini "Escape". Listen to that album if you want to learn how to mix! I think it was produced by Larry Smith and recorded in London.

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..curious about that
what are u curious about?...how we are gonna get it to sound bottom heavy and clean like jeezy's album or about axel being my mix engineer?...if its about axel well u can just call him...(i would assume u have his or eric's cell or the number to the dog-haus)...if its about getting the sound...well lets just say im not the easiest producer to work with (partially due to the fact that i know what i want to hear but sometimes dont bring him the correct sounds)...also i see ur in Germany so perhaps there is some bias cuz he's german as well.
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what are u curious about?....

i was just curious about the project you guys will mix together.,
because it happens that he´s also mixing one of my songs these days.
he already did the tracking and soon it hopefully gets to be mixed....
there is a possible feature-artist we are waiting for..

nothing to do with young jeezy ,
but i guess i´ll have to listen to that record too...
i didn´t really have it on my list..

sorry for being off-topic here....

so, i think "paid the cost to be the boss" was the best mixed snoop album?
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I always liked the sound of quasimoto - the unseen. nice depth of field at points.
All gimmicks aside, the dangerdoom has great sounds on it.
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i was just curious about the project you guys will mix together.,
because it happens that he´s also mixing one of my songs these days.
we already mixed my album but i dont like the sonics...i didnt really didnt know how to produce the sounds that i wanted to hear...i used the triton and didnt eq or compress the sounds when i was making the beats and i also recorded into a vs-2480 so the whole shit sounds thin...im about to get a protools setup and redo the whole thing cuz i need that 3 dimensional sound...btw, good luck on the song...axel will lace it.
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My guess with the Jeezy album would be multiband compression on anything with bass, bassline, 808 whatever. They are splitting the bass into freq bands to make them all punch through real nice.
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1stt Whodini LP...vocoder mad..
ODB...N**ga Please....what???
EPMD= Strictly Business...
2 $hort...Early...that boom is sick....
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