GEAR THAT MADE THE GAME: rap machinery


Hip-hop live performances started out slim and simple: two turntables and a microphone, along with the unsung hero, a simple mixer with a sturdy crossfader. Throughout the 2000s, concert presentations expanded and full backing bands began to play with many of hip-hop’s largest acts, and though these days many rap shows have become full-on multimedia spectacles, certain choice models of those three day-one indispensables have never changed, and probably never will.

Shure SM58 microphone Shure SM58 microphone. (Credit: Getty Images)

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve seen, and certainly have heard, the Shure SM58 microphone, an indispensable tool for capturing vocal performances in all live venues,

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