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


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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

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