Making hip hop music is no different. You don't need the most expensive equipment or the latest studio trickery to ensure your output is dope. All you need is two body parts - your ear and your heart. And if these two organs are functioning correctly then the latter will lead the former down the right paths and you can create something special. Take what you got and run with it as hard as you can. If you have it within yourself to make crazy dope beats, then you will make best use of what equipment you already have and get the best out of it.
I recently stumbled upon music by BEATSMITH RESIST outta San Diego CA. It's low budget, street level, grimy shit with absolutely no polish on it whatsoever ...and I love it. These kinda beats give me that b-movie feeling - downlow, dirty, destitute, and damned proud of it! And ironically only a few hundred miles from Hollywood, the home of the big budgets! Check out the video for "Philthy Phalangez"... and peep the website for more gritty beats.