Always low cut your vocals when mixing modern pop and rap music.
This helps keep your vocal out of the bass region and prevents vocals from conflicting with bass frequencies. Failure to remove these frequencies from your vocals will cause muddiness and is sonically unpleasant.
The thing that held me back was thinking that vocals always needed to be mono. This is a rule of thumb, not mandatory.
Mono vocals standout in context of the track and are easy to understand for the listener.
So with that in mind here’s how to make your vocals wide.
Back in the 1960s instruments were recorded live, which gives songs automatic depth via room sounds and variable playing (guitar strums are different every time).
As a result of the modern advancements in recording technology a key tool to giving sounds depth is Reverb. Reverb essentially simulates the sounds associated with space.