My college classmates frequently criticized hiphop by noting that "they don't play any instruments, all they do is sample." Whether music sounds good has nothing to do with how it is generated, at least to my untrained ears, but this limited the amount of music I could play while hanging out "Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1" and a few Pharcyde songs.
I suspect that most G:TB readers have come around to appreciate hiphop's lyrical and sonic virtuosity. For those of you who still think that music is only good if it is the result of someone using an instrument, I present Quakers, a 35-person collective produced by three different people, two of whom are associated with Portishead. Their new song "Fitta Happier" features Guilty Simpson, Teedge's favorite MC.
Act like you know.