“Where’s my snare?”
No, we’re not talking about the lyrics Eminem utters before “cleanin’ out his closet.” We’re talking about snare drums from live bands during hip-hop concerts. Hip-hop is such an impactful genre, and right now it’s arguably the biggest in the world. Along with the influx of hip-hop songs are the live performances that follow their releases. At concerts, the DJ warms up the crowd with local or regional hits right before the show’s headliner comes out to perform. Not to say that DJs need help getting the party poppin’, but to take it to another level, more artists are incorporating live bands.
It’s a beautiful thing when a rapper can add instruments to highlight his or her artistry and give something new to fans. Artists like Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, J. Cole, The Roots, Childish Gambino, Noname and Mick Jenkins use live bands. Compton crusader Kendrick Lamar has a lot of funk incorporated into his music, and the illustrious bass player Thundercat brings a funkadelic daze to life on Lamar’s “Wesley’s Theory.”