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    Quote Originally Posted by nothing like anything View Post
    In my experience, Drum pattern is indeed a key indicator of genre/style,

    it is why on keyboards where you have a bank/library of 'styles', each one simply a different drum beat.
    It is not therefore the case that you have the same drum patterns in all music. Hip Hop patterns (apart from 80s electro hip-hop) derived largely from funk breakbeats so there is admittedly a lineage to before hip-hop with some of these rhythms but the reason you get these patterns at all in pop music nowadays is also because of the influence of hip-hop which rediscovered these lost breaks and sampled/recreated them and brought them out of obscurity.

    I agree that the 8 bar structure of instrumental grime is different to that of modern rap music which now uses the pop music structure of intro, verse, chorus etc. Saying that though a lot of vocalled grime tracks also use this pop music structure. The quadratic 8 bar switch up structure however isn't really unique to grime as it takes it's lead from generic dancehall music structure.

    I agree the basslines are not hip-hop influenced but any use of sampling ultimately derives from hip-hop (even if via jungle).

    In essence I believe that just as Jungle was speeded up hip-hop breaks grime is essentially speeded up rap (with house, garage and dancehall and even soca influences). Tempo in itself does not define genre. Hip-hop has had various waves/trends of tempo standards over the last 40 years.

    To my mind, I think the origin of speeding up hip-hop beats is twofold. Firstly, in the late 80s we only had limited sample time and thus had to speed up tracks to be able to sample the whole break. We would then slow it down again to hip-hop tempo but somewhere along the line started to enjoy the sound of them playing fast whilst being triggered up to create new rhythms.
    Secondly, and again this is anecdotal, I think another reason for speeding up comes from a practice typically found in school. Remembering my own experience as a drummer at school and now as a music teacher I still witness the phenomenon of students who having learned the drum beat to a current song (whether on the desk with pens, via beatbox or on an actual kit) then try to outdo each other or further show off by playing the same beat but faster.

    Looking at the second set of examples you posted, the characteristic use of brass stabs in tunes like Platoon and Blues was imo influenced by Ruff Ryder production style, tunes like "Ruff Ryder anthem", "Down Bottom", "What's My Name" etc..

    Jon E Cash War again uses the pattern from Busta's Dangerous - this isn't a beat pattern you find generically in pop or other styles other than rap by the way (unless you can demonstrate otherwise).

    The gunshot sample in Jammer's Set It Off is another hip-hop influence.. a very prevalent sample in 90s and 00s rap music. Furthermore "Set it Off" is the name of one of Big Daddy Kane's most famous tracks and is I believe how the phrase came to be popularised.

    Set it Off is also a good example of hip-hop's influence in Grime as it features terms of the ubiquitous use of tonic to minor 2nd vamping in grime, a harmonic basis that was very popular in 90s hip-hop but difficult to find anywhere else (eg, dancehall, pop, house, funk, soul etc)....

    I'm impressed to a certain extent but Platoon is not anything like any of them dmx tracks ....and neither is Wiley - Ice Rink, Ruff Sqwad - Pied Piper, DJ Eastwood - You Ain't Ready
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    Good thread and great arguments in here.

    It has always bugged me why such a unique UK MC based sound such as grime has never (to my knowledge) drawn any parallels to what was happening in UK hip hop in the late 80’s early 90’s.

    So what are you lot calling UK rap, UK hip hop?
    @RISKoe, you say uk based and uk culture nothing came close to it and the rawness of it?

    where do you place groups such as Hijack, Gunshot, Hardnoise, Demon Boyz etc in relation to this comment?

    What these guys were doing in relation to production, attitude, rawness, lyrical flow was something that was distinctly English and was just as raw as what grime was doing only 10 years or so later, ironically coming out of some of same hoods grime was coming out of. Sure hip hop was its basis but they turned the American stuff on its head with faster production, aggression and something distinctly English, influenced heavily as you all know from Hardcore, later jungle, dancehall. Much the same as grime turned UKG on its head.

    In my view UK hip hop/britcore of that period had many parallels with what was going on in grime early 00’s and im not talking superficial tempo’s and aesthetics but the social aspect of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dab View Post
    where do you place groups such as Hijack, Gunshot, Hardnoise, Demon Boyz etc in relation to this comment?

    What these guys were doing in relation to production, attitude, rawness, lyrical flow was something that was distinctly English and was just as raw as what grime was doing only 10 years or so later
    Couldn't agree more, don't forget London Posse were doin this in '87, 15 years b4 grime
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    London Posse were killer. Yes one of the originators but in terms of “beat structure” were straight hip hop, not to different than anything out of the US at the time, lyrics though were straight up London street

    This one is one of my favs from the period



    production shat (for roughness and rawness) on most of what was going on in the US at the time and this tune (and many others) could only happen in the UK by means of what else was happening at the time. Don’t reckon too many can argue the tightness of the mc’s.

    sure this style was shortlived, turned to shit mid 90’s probably 3-4 years max of killer music and it never got back to those heights, crews broke up, sold out (same as grime aye..)

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    In Chicago some Techno producers in 1995 did something similar to Youngstar, JonECash , Alias tracks , these producers were Robert Armani , Lester Fitzpatrick , Mike Dearborn , DJ Skull , DJ Metal X , Akylah Bryant , Steve Poindexter


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