Words by @StanIpcus
One of the first performances I did as a rapper was a Battle of the Bands outside the Student Union at the University of Maryland. And during the show, I remember feeling like my vocals started to sound weird through the monitors. But it was my first big gig in front of mad people, and I was too focused on doing a good job to question what was happening.
A few days later, I was watching the video of the show with my friends, and I realized that I was right—the sound engineer had been fucking with my voice during the whole set! He was putting ridiculous effects on it, changing the pitch of my voice to make it dumb high or stupid low, and adding echoes and other shit that sounded completely wack. I was so tight, like, “Who gave this dickhead the creative license to toy with my vocals?”
So when I saw this tweet by one of my favorite rappers—Coney Island MC Your Old Droog— urging people not to watch his appearance during the BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers because the sound engineer had altered the placement of his vocals over the beat and delayed his flow,