One thing I live for is finding strong evidence that behind the scenes, hip hop producers are listening to dance music for inspiration. When Timbaland uses that quasi dnb break in "Get Ur Freak On," or that filtered snare that seems to appear in half the work he did for Aaliyah, everything seems right in the world and a principle of general reciprocity is upheld, at least it seems to me. It's no secret that hip hop is probably the "urban music" par excellence worldwide, so naturally producers in all other forms of urban music are taking cues from hip hop. But sometimes it doesn't seem to work both ways. Punctures in hip hop's facade of reclusiveness and self-sustainability can be difficult to detect.
With that in mind, it is with giddy excitement that I share my latest evidence that some of the hottest sounds in hip hop are derived from, or at least run parrallel to, what producers are doing in other forms of dance music. Case in point - That Rising Filtered House Sound which "Spaced Invader"
pioneered and has since appeared in tons of drum n bass tunes. That same sound - which tingles your senses and elevates your freak-out level - features prominently in the latest Just Blaze beat for Freeway's "What We Do."
And I suspect that we'll be seeing more of this style beat in hip hop tunes to come....
Freeway - "What We Do" video (Real Player)
Hatiras vs. J Majik - "Spaced Invader" (Real Player)