Just my 2 cents but if you're just looking to do hip hop, as in, beats and samples, then literally any mpc is up to the task. They can sll do what you need.
Which one is 'best' depends on how you answer these questions:
- Do you want a a rugged lofi sound?
- Do you want general portability?
- Do you want the kind of portability that lets you tap out beats on the bus?
- Do you want you full size but something more budget minded?
- Do you want the modern conveniences (lotsa ram, usb, internal hd etc)?
- Do you want the flagship with all the trimmings?
- Do you want full computer integration?
Depending on which of the above is most important to you, that's what you should buy.
I ended up with a 2500
, almost bought a 3000. I have a massive drum library sitting on its internal hd thats always ready to go. And using Usb I can fairly easily transfer sounds between comp and mpc, that's what made the difference to me in the end. I personally think the 3000 is possibly the greatest mpc ever (think classic quantisation, sound quality, build quality) but in the end I couldn't go back to scsi. Transfering samples across would have been too much work. Just couldn't do it.
The downside with the 2500
is that it is poorly built imho, buttons are constantly going loose, some sliders have become unresponsive and so forth. So buy one that's as new as possible if you go that route.
Sent from my GT-I9100