Originally Posted by jlgrimes11
Like what one guy said, I think it is different.
The easy part of hip hop is that usually Live drums aren't recorded which would be the hard thing to mix in other more live genres.
Also if you are doing sample based tracks, the mixing process would be a bit easier (especially if the sample was mixed greatly from the start).
But I think the modern loud and layered sound can be a bit difficult. That said it is very easy to achieve a loud and layered sound but a loud and layered sound that sounds pleasant to the ears at loud levels is not that easy.
Mixing has definitely gotten more difficult in hiphop. A lot of artists aren't doing oldschool Boom Bap with a kick, hihat, snare and a catch sample or two. What you have a lot more of is tracks with full symphonic arrangements with multi layered synthesizers, several different kicks, snares, hihats, claps, and artists multi layering rap and singing vocals. With all these elements fighting to be heard CLEANLY and the current state of the loudness wars mixing a hiphop song is just as challenging as any other genre now.
As a beatmaker in a city not commonly known for great hiphop I learned engineering because there aren't a lot of competent studios where that's likely to be mixed creatively and artistically.
I feel like hiphop has evolved so much that the old terms aren't accurate anymore, nor the attitudes.
Couple of months ago I recorded an artists over Wu-Tang's "CREAM" beat.
Mixing was so simple I can see why engineers weren't considered a critical piece to the puzzle originally.