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Old 12th July 2006
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Hip Hop heads love compression a bit too much, from my experience. Especially nowadays with being able to load up a gazillion compressors in a DAW mix. I've worked on stuff where a compressor is put on say, a drum subgroup, and then on the master fader as well, while having another compressor on the vocals, perhaps a compressor on the kick, a different compressor on the snare, etc. etc. etc. Once realized that the dynamics are squashed, the vocals are just turned up louder (this is basically what I've seen that sounds like what you're describing).

It's not just "amateur" engineers doing this either. A lot of times people pay for studio time and "shot-call" the engineers into just flooding the session with an orgy of compressors, lol.