I think you got the right idea. I would tighten up on the hi-hat with all the R&B stuff. Your approach is right on in terms of simplicity. I think a lot of people look past the amount of groove it takes to play drumkit to this kind of music. I hear some degree of variation on your feel. I can tell you wanna speed up, but you reign it in pretty good. This is good practice for timekeeping. I say keep it tight, and keep it up.
I LOVE jamming to R&B/hip-hop, even though i really dislike the genre. That was quite solid, though personally i love belting it all out when i jam to this stuff...i do some crazy stuff....
Though, that AA ride is an AMAZING Crash!! I like it maybe 1000 times better than the crash on the left. It was so full, so crashy, so perfect... the crash on the left sounded thin, metallic, and just plain weak imo.
Very cool stuff Josh, I like it!
What hats are those? I like how you can play very aggressively and open without them sounding too metallic or annoying!
2 things I can think of to work on;
Time - that was an awesome cover, but if you really super-tightened up those screws, I think it would really boost the overall sound a lot. Think ?uestlove.
I'm not trying to be a nit picking douchebag, but there were one or two hesitations that kinda detracted from the performance.
And maybe an accent on the hi-hat on 1 and 3 would help your groove a bit.
Nice stuff though man! I want to see more!