wow, this thread turned wired in a couple of days.. To me, I guess its is how you want to look at as an artist and a musician. Grand Master Flash is a musician. DJ Pauly D is an artist. Not putting down rap or techno, but hand a ti-85 and pro tools to a thousand and you will get hundreds that sound just alike. Hand over a 59 Les Paul and a Marshal JCM and nobody sounds like Jimmy Page. You really can't argue that, IMO. Its not the sound it makes, its the sound you make with it.
You wanT unf! unf! unf!...booooooooooooop,POP, dada,dada, dada,..dattt BOOOM!!! all night? Thats great, give me some mdma and i have an 85% chance of hitting that on the first or second try. Its not the same as nailin down 46x2 or YYZ
Do I have the talent of others here ? hell no. But can I walk into a club and work an Imac and drum machine and have you all shaking buttocks? yep. done that. Can I walk on stage and play "wish you were here" without messing up the solo..doubtful. Artist and Musician..there is a difference.
You are talking Puff Daddy's vs. Page's "Kashmir" are we really gonna argue who is the musician here??