90’s Hip Hop Production: Filtering


Filtering is the process of adjusting the frequencies and bypass filters (low, mid and hi) of a record to make a low end, muffled sound. It’s almost as if you were hearing someone play music through a wall.

Many producers did this throughout the 90’s, particularly on the East Coast. Filtering was done to create layers and at times to make basslines.

Pete Rock is regarded as one of the first hip hop producers to popularize the method. Jay Dee would regularly filter his beats – Fantastic Vol & Fantastic Vol 2 feature many filtered beats.

Lord Finesse: Gameplan


Crooklyn Dodgers: Crooklyn
Jay-Z: Can’t Knock The Hustle
Da Bush Babees: Remember We (Remix)
Biggie: One More Chance
Tupac: Temptations
Gangstarr: Ex Girl to Next Girl
Ras Kass: Anything Goes
LL Cool J: Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag (Remix)
Jeru The Damaja: Me Or The Papes
DMX: How’s It Goin Down
Onyx: Slam
Noreaga: Married To Marijuana
Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Searchin’
Mobb Deep: Trife Life
Pharcyde: Otha Fish
Smif-N-Wessun: Bucktown
De La Soul: Stakes Is High

Advertisements

About Harlem World

the BAWSE *ross grunt*

Posted on January 17, 2011, in History, Producers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Really digging these guides. Pete killed the filtered bass lines on The Main Ingredient, no one did it better.

  2. I use the Electrix EQ Killer to filter record samples to get that “Pete Rock flavor”. His beats were super clean for being mostly layered vinyl samples.. Gotta love 90’s hip hop.

    Thanks for the post.

    Damon Cisneros
    Music Producer | Songwriter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: